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Use Purposeful Practice to Become a Better Cricketer

This is a guest article by club cricketer Brian Wardle

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An Hour of Professionalism Makes All the Difference to Your Cricket Club

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This is a guest article from club cricketer Mat Savage

Never underestimate investment in time over money at club level. 

Professional cricketers are becoming ever more professional in their approach to the game; and it is hard to ignore the commitment and drive given by the players and their coaches.

Amateur clubs don’t hold the budget to invest the training aids and coaches used by the pros; but most amateur players can afford to invest a little extra time developing their game.

Chalk vs iPad: Can Technology Make You A Better Coach?

What do you think of when I say “cricket technology”?

Hot Spot?

Laptop Coaching?

 All those things are the latest innovations to be used in the elite game, but technology has existed in every level of the game ever since someone decided to protect his legs from fast bowling by putting on shin pads in the 1830s.

Use Your Inner Hobgoblin to Have a Consistently Good Cricket Season

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 Being a consistent cricketer isn’t always as good as we imagine.

As decent level players we search for better consistency. We have had good performances in the past. We dream the purple patches will come again. Every shot you play beats the in-field and every ball you bowl finds the outside edge to a pair of safe hands.

How to stop wasting net sessions (and what to do instead)

Every year for more than 20 seasons I have gone through the same ritual after Christmas with a variety of club cricket teams.

The kitbag is dragged from the shed, and I find myself in a dusty sports hall trying to reacquaint myself with the faces of my team-mates that I haven’t seen for months.

The bowler’s have a little stretch while the batsmen fight about who is going to go first (or second actually, because no one wants to go first).

Adapting cricket drills: Improving skill development

 This article is part of a series designed to show you how to adapt cricket drills for your needs. In this part we look at ways of increasing the speed of learning new skills. To see the full list of articles in this series click here.

You don’t have to be a kid to learn a skill but frankly, mostly it is kids.

Overs under the belt: When is playing more important than practice?

In opposition to the traditionalist’s view of preparation, England’s bowlers prepare for the first Ashes Test of 2009-10 by skipping a warm up match.

Critics say that bowlers need competitive overs ‘under the belt’ rather than hours in the nets.

It’s a common quandary for those lower down the scale too.

Free cricket test that makes nets more realistic

 We all know how important fitness is to cricket, but nets don’t realistically recreate the fitness you need to get a big score.

That’s where BATEX© (BATing EXercise) comes in.

Normal netting rarely tests batsmen's endurance. It doesn't accurately reflect the effects of fatigue on the batsman's skill levels. But BATEX does exactly that.

How to use nets to become a better batsman

Everyone goes to nets in the hope of finding form and improving technique. But the way most people do it is totally ineffective.

But Gary Palmer takes things totally differently.

In this short video, Gary explains how he uses nets at his CCM Academy to make significant and noticeable differences to players technique, mental approach and run scoring ability.

Click here to watch the video and find out more.

What goes into 10,000 hours of practice?

Research has shown that it takes around 10 years of daily practice (2-3 hours a day) to reach the pinnacle of any discipline.

It’s where the famous 10,000 hour rule comes from. It’s a rule so powerful it can make anyone a decent cricketer no matter how much natural talent they have (or lack).