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I'm very excited this week because the PitchVision Academy website has undergone a big upgrade. Click here to see how good it really is.

Of course, it's business as usual for the newsletter. Where I am admiring Jonathan Trott. He might have an ugly, slightly old-fashioned style but it’s effective. His powers of concentration are trance-like and can’t be replicated by us mere mortals.

At least, that’s what I used to think before reading the feature article this week on how to be a bit more like Trott and look like a batsman. It's seems you can fake it until you make it. Now I just need to get the tail-enders at my club to believe it too.

We also look at the often-overlooked trait of strength. Many cricketers avoid it. Plus we learn a lesson about taking things for granted from a personal story.

Have a great weekend, 

David Hinchliffe

How to Look Like a Batsman
Looking, thinking and acting like a batsman will give you the confidence to bat well, whatever your batting skills.

Jonathan Trott averaged 89 with the bat in the 2010-11 Ashes series in Australia, rising to number four in the Test rankings. He's become famous for his pre-shot batting routine, making a mark with his bat, and then marking the same spot with his foot. He looks over his left shoulder before getting into position to face the bowler.

Here's his reasoning for these idiosyncrasies:

“There are things I do to get my mind clear and focused on the delivery ahead.”

“I just tell myself to back myself and be confident, little mind checks.

“It also keeps my concentration going and my mind does not wander. It is something I have done for a long time and I find works.”

I was asked by a player, at the beginning of last season, for some tips about batting. He hadn't played since his school days, where he was known to be a middle-order slogger.

Instead of showing him how to play an expansive cover drive or exquisite pull shot, I focused on his batting routine. What he did, and thought, before he hit the ball. This is simple, easy to remember, and applies to all batsman.

Like England's Jonathan Trott, find a routine that works for you. Once you've decided on a routine, stick to it. Every ball you face in practice, every shot you visualise, every delivery you face in the match.

Decide your best shots. Then decide which shots you prefer to avoid. Based on these selections, select the guard you want to take.

Another crucial reason for selecting a specific guard is to increase your sense of where the stumps are behind you as the ball is bowled. You're more likely to leave the ball and judge the line correctly if your eyes are above off stump as the ball is released.

In the club game you often see tail-end batsman stroll in, refuse to take guard, and get bowled soon afterwards.  Don’t make the same mistake.

Here's the basic tips I gave to my team mate:

  • Always wear the correct batting equipment (if you can't be a good cricketer, at least look like one).
  • Decide which shots you will and will not play.
  • Assess the pitch and bowling before you go into bat.
  • When you get the wicket, ask the other batsman for any advice about the pitch.
  • Ask the umpire for your guard.
  • Check out the field and decide the best areas to score for your range of shots.
  • Take your stance.
  • Try and keep your head still.
  • Watch the ball.
  • Judge the line and length.

All batsman need to create a routine for themselves, and most successful batsman already have a routine that works for them. Ask the successful batsman at your club what they do, why they do it and what they're thinking about when they're batting.

Every player on every team can contribute with that bat, creating and implementing your own routine will help you look and play more like a top batsman. 

image credit: SarahCanterbury 

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Welcome to the Brand New PitchVision Academy

Let me be the first to welcome you to the exciting new PitchVision Academy pages, come in, take a look around and make yourself at home.

As you know, we have had the virtual decorators in to give the place a full makeover (if you are reading this in an RSS feed or email you can click here to check out our pimped ride).

It’s mostly cosmetic changes, meaning all you need to do is enjoy the new view. All the original content from the last 5 years is still here for you to read, view or listen to whenever you like.

If you have been here a while...

Don’t get nostalgic about the old days, it’s just like it used to be, only better.

All your bookmarks still work, your forum account still exists, you can still post comments and the newsletter and RSS feed go out as normal. If you are enrolled on PitchVision Academy as a member, or you have paid for online coaching courses, your login still works in exactly the same way.

So what has changed?

Well, a couple of things that you might want to know about:

  • The coaching course section of the site has moved to here. It now comes under the PitchVision Academy banner and is a full part of this area of the site. If you are enrolled, you can carry on as if nothing has happened. If you have not tried a course yet... why the heck not?
  • The performance analysis and online leagues section of PitchVision Academy has been moved to PitchVision Interactive. That means if you are looking for the data you uploaded from your PitchVision session you can find everything there. Please update your bookmarks.

Other than that, you just need to explore using the bars at the top and the side. Enjoy!

If you are new here...

If you are new to the site, it can get overwhelming. Don’t panic, it’s easy to get what you want.

If you have a specific problem or question the best place to start is in the “How to Use the PitchVision Academy Archives” page here, it has links to search in every way possible.

If you are looking for regular updates and advice you can find out how to get PitchVision Academy updates here.

Thanks for popping by. I’ll be around to help you if you need it, but until you do, get stuck in! 

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Cricket Show 99: Ireland at the World Cup

PitchVision Academy Cricket Show

With the cricket world cup looming large we catch up with the Irish bid for success in the tournament. The Ireland team have been using PitchVision to squeeze every last drop of talent from their players.

The highlight of our Irish special is catching up with Ireland Analyst Pete Johnston direct from Dubai where the team are preparing at the World Cricket Centre. Also, Burners and I discuss the chances of success for the blarney boys.

We catch up with Leigh Lowry, our Australian correspondent, to talk about developing decision making in club cricket. Finally we get more insights into creating a successful club side with coach of Ealing CC (Wisden Club of the Year) Chris Peploe.

And we squeeze in 5 minutes to answer a question on wheat to do when you are promoted as a bowler and you don’t fancy it.


Remember you contribution is all important on all open topics. And we really do need your feedback to make the show work.

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Pride Before a Fall: A Lesson in How to Play Cricket With Your Head

When you play a team you’ve beaten before you relax. You have figured them out.

You don’t need special strategies you can play the cookie-cutter way: win the toss and bat first. It’s in the bag.

Fielding Drills: Hunt in Packs

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

Purpose: A pre-match warm up that practices the skills of chasing down a ball in pairs and backing up.


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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Date: 2011-02-04