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PitchVision: Improve Your Cricket

Do you want to grow your cricket? Then PitchVision is the home of online coaching and self-improvement in the game. Bring your "growth mindset" to better technique, better tactics, more skill and a winning team. All these things are possible if you play the game to improve rather than prove.

Read, watch, listen, work, improve. That's the PitchVision way.

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Coach of the Month: Jamie Watkins

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Jamie Watkins is Coach of the Month.

Jamie has been coaching at Taranaki Cricket in new Zealand for a decade. Through that time he has had a number of roles, but these days he spends his time overseeing the coaching programme.

Batting Tips: Score More Runs with Unfair Net Practice

Here's a problem: Batting is unfair, batting practice is too fair.

What do I mean?

The biggest frustration of batting is getting out. One mistake and it's over, even if it's the first ball you have faced of the season. Yet when we go to a net practice we all do 10-20 minutes no matter what happens and walk away satisfied that we got a good hit.

The problem, then, is when you practice you feel no pressure and when you bat in a game you feel all the pressure. There is a huge disconnect and your practice time is wasted. It leads to losing focus, playing poor shots and fewer runs.

The solution is simple: make practice unfair.

More Runs with These Shot Selection Drills

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Before you can smash that half volley through the covers for a searing boundary, you need to pick up the half volley. That's shot selection in action and - as batsmen and coaches - we should never take it for granted.

But how do you train for shot selection?

Learning the technique of a shot is much easier. You are moving. You can get feedback. You can drill repeatedly until you get it right. But it's hard to come up with "drills" for a process that only goes on in your head: While you are identifying the line and length of the ball, and then choosing a shot, you are not doing anything with your body.

Fortunately, it's simple to integrate shot selection specific drills into your normal training. Here's some things you can do.

The Cricket Shot I Hate Most... And How to Play It!

I don't have many 'pet-hates' but remarkably my biggest one concerns a cricket shot that gets warm applause when executed well

I hate this shot with a passion!

What is it? Read on.

Cricket Show S9 Episode 6: Complimentary Cricket

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Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe talk about complimentary batting and bowling, bowling faster and facing more balls in practice.

Defensive Pop Up Throwing Technique and Drills

Following on from last week's attacking pop up drill we move onto the defensive side version. Effectively, this kind of throw is made following the completion of a dive towards your non-throwing side.

Bowling Faster: Why Correcting Technique is Harder Than it Looks

You want to bowl fast, so you change your action to correct flaws and you get more pace. Easy, right?

Wrong.

Bowling Tactics: How to "Bowl Dry"

Frustration: An underrated way to get wickets, and enormously effective at any level. In recent years, this has been called “squeezing” or “bowling dry”.

How do you bowl dry this way?

Playing as a Unit: How to Use a Cricket Cliche to Improve your Cricket Team

International players and coached these days are always going on about how they “performed as a unit” – fielded, batted, bowled.

Lurking in the depths of this moribund press talk is a grain of truth we can use at any level.

Cricket Show S9 Episode 5: Big Stride

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David Hinchliffe, Mark Garaway and Sam Lavery talk cricket. There is a discussion on the coach-captain split of duty, front foot stride and whether you need to join an academy to be a cricketer.

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