Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer used a marble slab to recreate a fast, bouncy wicket for the 2nd Test against England.
As a coaching aid it wasnt the most successful ploy ever.
Is there anything we can learn from it at a lower level?
- Reactions are vital even for club cricketers who dont face many bouncers, but you cant improve your reactions over a couple of training sessions.
- In fact, the technique does work over a longer period. How do I know? In my back garden as a kid we had a concrete slab. It ended up halfway down our makeshift garden wicket and to this day, playing a bouncer is no problem for me.
- Using innovative ways to improve could fail. However, the point is to keep trying. The next idea might give you the edge.
- Bob Woolmer is a great coach and if you want to improve you could do a lot worse than buying his excellent DVD: Cricket - The Bob Woolmer Way.
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