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If you are anything like me you have wondered what makes the good players so good.

Why do some people rise to the top with little effort while other struggle despite practicing hard?

This week we take the example from a rising star in Bermuda and find the answer is not quite what you think.

Plus we talk tactics with articles on bowling length and batting style and we test your knowledge of field settings with three common scenarios you will face as a captain and bowler.

If you like it, don't forget to leave a comment!

Have a great weekend, 

David Hinchliffe

Test your field settings knowledge with this quick quiz

Every schoolboy cricketer worth his salt makes sure he learns the names of all the fielding positions with a torch under the covers after lights out.

But just like the alphabet, knowing the letters is only the start. If you want to be able to write you have to know how to use the letters to make words and sentences and paragraphs.

In the same way, if you want to know field settings you have to know when to use positions. Field settings are the

And that is what this quiz is about.

In it there are three scenarios that you see often in club and school cricket around the world. All you have to do is answer the questions and see if you pass or fail the test.

Click here to take the test now, it should take about 3 minutes.

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How to bowl like Andy Caddick

Despite playing his home games on one of the world's flattest pitches at Taunton, Andy Caddick took over 1,500 wickets, consistently topping the English averages.

Would you like to know how he did it?
He had just one secret.

And if you can master it, you are on the road to more wickets.

The secret was consistency.

Caddick knew that if he had an action that allowed him to bowl the ball in the same spot 5-6 times an over with enough pace he could reduce the chance of the batsman scoring and increase the chance of getting wickets through the ball swinging and seaming enough to get the batsman out caught behind, bowled or LBW.

But nobody is born with great consistency.

Even players like Caddick and Australian legend Glen McGrath had to work hard at being so accurate.

There were plenty of problems along the way and the road was never smooth.

But they keep practicing and bowling until they became metronomic and reliable with decent pace to boot.

But getting a consistent action is hard work. It's a complicated sequence of movements. Any technical or mental issues can upset the delicate balance.

Which is why, if you are serious about becoming a consistent bowler, you need the drills and advice found in Andy Caddick's online coaching course Consistency and Rhythm: Fast Bowling Technique.

In the course you will learn via videos, interactive content, articles and interviews the secret methods used by first class bowlers. This includes:

  • A detailed breakdown of the run-up for coaches and advanced players.
  • How to use your action to transfer pace onto the ball.
  • Little-known ways to correct poor technique in the action.
  • A series of first-class bowling drills to get the body in the right position for pace and accuracy.
  • Personal tips on the professional life, attitude, preparation and self-confidence.

To get instant access to Andy Caddick's online coaching course Consistency and Rhythm: Fast Bowling Technique click here.


What makes the best cricketers so good?

You have probably never heard of Terryn Fray.

But those who have call him a rare talent with a sparkling future before him. At 18 he captained Bermuda Under-19's and has made his debut for the full Bermuda team in both one day and first-class cricket.

Why is Terryn so good?

Some might say he was blessed with talents he was born with. His genes aligned to make him better at hitting a cricket ball than everyone else.

A natural.

It's a common sense explanation, but there is a problem.

Despite looking for over 150 years, nobody has ever been able to prove the existence of talent.

Take the example from the book "Talent is Overrated". Researchers looked for musical talent. Like sporting ability, we all know some people are better than others musically. The idea was to find out if any particular type of person was more likely to have this talent, so they interviewed hundreds of youngsters of different ability.

There were no signs of natural talent.

The best kids were roughly the same on every measure of early development. Between birth and about 8 years old you could not put a sheet of paper between the differences in musical ability.

And it's the same with cricket.

I once was lucky enough to have lunch with the coach who has taken several current England internationals through their school days. One of his comments that stood out about these players is that none of them looked good enough to play for England.

Yes, they were solid school cricketers, all first team level, but he never saw signs of outstanding talent.

In other words, if genetic talent does exist, it does a very good job of hiding itself. At best, it has a much smaller influence than common sense assumes.

So if it's not innate, what is it?

Why Terryn is so good and you are not

During the English summer Terryn Fray visited the UK from his home in Bermuda.

He wasn't on holiday. He was here to work.

He knew that like any skill, the only way to get better is to practice hard.

It's how the best musicians in the study became the best, and it's how all the best cricketers become the best.

So Terryn jetted around the world for a week of intense coaching with Gary Palmer.

Gary worked on Terryn's technique with drills designed specifically to improve his performance. The drills were repeated until perfection was achieved with Gary's constant feedback.

It was hard work and not much fun.
And it worked.

Both Gary and Terryn's father reported to me how much he has improved technically in a short time.

But it doesn't end there.

With Terryn winning a place at Cardiff University he can continue this deliberate practice under the elite MCCU conditions.

And that's why Terryn is destined to succeed.

He practices harder and longer than anyone else. He does it until he gets it right.

It's a lesson anyone with serious cricket ambitions should heed. It's the only way that works.

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When to adjust your bowling length

This is a guest article by Laurie Ward from The Complete Cricketer Academy in Cape Town, South Africa.

Different conditions and match situations require different lengths of bowling.

To be a good bowler you need to know when to make a change to your length, and how to make it.

How to bat in the middle order

Is there really much difference in batting approach between number 4 and number 7?

There certainly is, and if you get the wrong person in the wrong place in the order it will end up costing you games.

For example, at my own club the 1st XI has a strong batting line-up with players capable of scoring runs quickly right down the order to number 9.


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Welcome to this week's guide to playing and coaching better cricket.

I'm David Hinchliffe and I'm Director of the PitchVision Academy team. With this newsletter you are benefitting directly from over 25 Academy coaches. Our skills include international runs and wickets, first-class coaching, cutting-edge research and real-life playing experience.


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Issue: 105
Date: 2010-07-02