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Cricket drills for running between the wickets

Cricket Drills

There are many practice drills to improve your running between the wickets. The best drills are hard work, great practice and good fun.

Here are some to try. I welcome your feedback for any other cricket drills that you have found to work.

Run Outs

This drill combines competition, running skills, fielding skills and fitness.

Split into teams (6 maximum per team): One group bats and one group fields.

The game is played on a normal length wicket with stumps at the strikers end. A ball is placed at mid on level with the non-strikers end. The first batter takes a normal stance at the strikers end while the fielders wait in line at short cover. One of the fielders is wicketkeeper.

On the coaches call of yes the batter runs 2 runs while the fielder runs to the ball and returns it to the keeper. If the batsman is run out the fielding team get a point. If the batsman makes his ground the batting team get a point.

Once all the batters have had a go, swap teams.

Repeat for all batters and the team with most points wins.

run out fielding drill


For senior players this drill is mainly fitness practice but for players learning the game it teaches the fundamentals of running between the wickets.

Have a relay race over a normal wickets length. Each player must have a cricket bat (and other equipment if possible). All players must run a three. If a player does not slide his bat into his ground he must go to the back to run again.

The first team to complete their runs win.

Continuous Cricket

This drill is designed to improve run judgement. Setup a practice game with pairs of batters. Everyone else fields as normal.

  • Each batting pair gets 2 overs, then swap pairs.
  • A batter must run from every ball they hit.
  • A batter is out if he does not call clearly.
  • If a batter is out they lose 4 runs and change ends.
  • Whichever pair has the most runs wins.

To simplify this drill you can forget about batsmen playing shots and instead have the coach roll the ball into the outfield from the strikers end and the batsmen call as they would in the game.

Alternatively, you could make it a quick single only game - not allowing shots that pass the inner ring of fielders (the ball goes dead).

As another alternative, set up the game to practice a single shot (pull, forward defensive, etc) and the batters still have to run every time the ball is hit.

Diagram from ECB Inter Cricket

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Hi there.

These drills are fine, however most running between the wickets drills tend to be about speed of running, running the bat in, etc. For me, the trickiest part about running between the wickets is the decision making process when i am coaching my u11s.

Any thoughts?


Biggest tip I can give for U11s running between wickets is give them the principles (ie Loud, early, positive calls, back up at the bowler's end etc) but then let the two of them work it out! Don't try and call for them and ACTIVELY prohibit parents or team mates calling from the boundary!
I also get each batsman to call on very ball. This avoids the "It was my call" arguement as well as getting each batsman to not only talk, but LISTEN on every ball. If the batsman agree: they do whatever they agreed to do. If they disagree: they return to their starting crease!
I think it's important to focus on the principles rather than get too concerned about a missed run or two. Remind them as often as possible that running is about communication and communication is not just talking, but also listening!

what drill would you if you wanted to roll the ball and have the fielders everywere in the pitch and the batters not hitting the ball? hard ball