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It’s a new year and a brand you chance for you to reach your cricket ambitions.

As always, we are here to help you on the road to success, especially if you are a bowler who plays the shortest format of the game because the newsletter features an exclusive video by Bangladesh and PitchVision Academy fast bowling coach Ian Pont. Read the article below for more.

Plus, we have more fielding drills, another sparking appearance from Burners on the Cricket Show and a moral dilemma.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Fielding Drills: The pickup shuttle

This drill is part of the PitchVision Academy fielding drills series, for more in this series click here.

Purpose: To develop agility while using the skill of picking up the ball after a chase in a competitive situation.

Description: Place 4 markers in a half moon shape with 3 cricket balls on each one. There is an empty bucket or container at the top (the red circle in the diagram).

The fielder runs from the start point to any ball, picks it up using correct technique, runs to the empty bucket and puts the ball in (throwing it in is not allowed). The fielder then runs to any other ball to repeat the process until all the balls are in the top bucket.

Ideally (but not essentially) the player competing will be attached to some elastic tubing which is anchored to the floor at the start point by another player.

The drill is timed and a team leader board can be created to make it competitive.

Drill notes:

This drill will improve speed and agility if you do it regularly enough. You can track changes by seeing how player’s times improve and the competitive element means players love it.

The tubing is highly recommended to be used because it allows players to self-correct technical flaws in the techniques of changing direction. For example, imagine you have a player who has a habit of sitting on his or her heels and standing up too straight when the ball is hit in his direction, meaning he loses valuable time turning and chasing the ball. The tube teaches him to lean forward into a more stable and athletic position.

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Free video reveals: How to stay confident as a Twenty20 bowler
Losing lingers in the mind.

Everyone dwells on bad bowling spells. If it’s really bad you even let it worry you right into the next match, making it more likely you will bowl badly. A vicious circle of failure.

And in Twenty20 there is a fair chance it wasn’t even your fault.

That lovely good length away-swinger you have been working on all winter that catches the edge in a longer game is smashed over extra cover for six in the shortest format.

Where is the justice?

No wonder bowler’s go to pieces in twenty20 matches.

But with the right approach, you don’t have to.

You see, celebrated fast bowling coach, Ian Pont knows a thing or two about fast bowling in limited overs games and has come up with a complete guide for all quickies who play the short game.

The course features:
  • Technical tips on bowling fast at the beginning of an innings
  • A guide to your mental game and how you approach a spell
  • Field settings for every point in the match
  • What to do when the death overs arrive and you have to bowl
  • How to bowl bouncers and several different slower balls
  • The importance of the middle overs, even in T20
  • A complete guide to practicing your twenty20 bowling skills at nets

It’s called: Beating the Odds: How to Succeed as a Twenty20 Fast Bowler. Click here to buy it now.

So whether you are a youngster who plays evening cricket, a club player looking to take the side to the club national final or a player on the cusp of the professional game there are drills, techniques and methods for you.

Twenty20 confidence

To celebrate the launch of this course, PitchVision Academy are giving away an exclusive video, not available anywhere else, which reveals how you can keep your confidence high from ball to ball and game to game.

Even when faced with an onslaught of batting.

To get access to the video, and some other very special free exclusive content, all you have to do is fill in the form below:

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You can still enrol on Beating the Odds: How to Succeed as a Twenty20 Fast BowlerClick here to buy it now.

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Cricket Show 95: Andy Moles and your coaching questions

PitchVision Academy Cricket Show

The new series of the PitchVision Academy Cricket Show is in full swing. This week we feature an interview with former New Zealand coach and first-class cricketer Andy Moles.

Andy will be coaching at the Cape Town Cricket Academy in February.

We also get stuck into your coaching questions and look at:

  • What to do if you are a ‘net’ bowler who goes to pieces in the middle.
  • Strength training to prevent injury in beanpole fast bowlers.

And Burners stays on top from throughout as always.

Remember you contribution is all important on all open topics.


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How to start bowling leg spin

Being able to bowl leg spin well is rare quality; if you do that then you are valuable to any captain at any level.

But where do you start?

Good leg spinners seem to need so much; a canny tactical awareness, steely personality, and a phalanx of variations on top of a fizzing, dipping leg break that turns a foot on any wicket.

It’s not as bad as it seems.

Leg spin bowling may be an art, but it’s one that can be learned.

Fair or even: The dilemma every player-umpire faces

Would you cheat when you do your umpiring stint? 

Imagine standing at the bowler’s end, hearing and seeing the slight nick and not giving it out. That’s cheating.

I was returning to the game after a 5-year absence. During the second game, we were in the field, I was wicket keeping and we had appeal after appeal turned down by the opposition umpires. I was convinced a couple of times that the batsman had got an edge, or been plumb in front.


About PitchVision Academy

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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