What do you say in the field to keep the team focused and energised?
I have a bit of a reputation at my club for trying to come up with new things to say to gee up the bowlers.
After all it can be repetitive saying "Come on lads" every other ball.
Already this season I earned the new nickname. I decided to encourage a bowler to take a second wicket quickly by shouting:
"Come on then let's have another. Bang, bang"
I suppose the nickname 'shotgun' is slightly better than 'mad dog'.
In spite of the ribbing I get for saying things like that, I think it's important for fielders to show they are supporting the bowler. It's hard work trying to get wickets.
Other things I have said that work are:
- "Let's keep the noise up."
- "Finish the over." (when the bowler has bowled 5 tight balls)
- "Good wheels, you are pushing me back a yard." (when a seamer is bowling quickly and I'm standing back)
And I'm one of those annoying keeper's who says "oooo, well bowled" after almost anything that can be seen as a victory for the bowler (edges, thick edges, even dot balls).
You get the idea.
Plenty of noise shows the team are switched on and ready to create and take chances. It puts the batters under subtle psychological pressure. It says: "We are 11 together against you alone. You have no chance."
On the other hand, mindless clapping gets boring quickly.
Good encouragement is genuine.
How do you keep the team going?
So my question to you today is this:
What do you say to your bowlers and fielders between balls to keep everybody in the game?
I'd especially like to hear from you if you are a bowler. What works to keep you going and what just winds you up?
Leave a comment and give me some fresh ideas for this season.
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