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It’s been an epic week if you are a cricket lover. First Marcus Trescothick gets all excited about his new Mongoose (see the video below). Then Ireland goes and chases down a massive score to beat England in the World Cup.

PitchVision Academy was right on the scene and got an interview with Irish Analyst Pete Johnston in the podcast (you can download it from the link below too).

And just to bring it all back down to earth, we talk wicketkeeping ahead of the launch of the most comprehensive guide to glovework ever produced, and throw in yet another new fielding drill.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Marcus Trescothick Catches Up with PitchVision Academy

Marcus Trescothick has signed with Mongoose Cricket for the 2011 season. The former-England opener will be using the innovative smaller bats to smite county bowlers to all corners of Taunton come the summer.

To celebrate this, Marcus, Mongoose and SPIN Magazine teamed up to put on a night talking cricket in London. I was lucky enough to go along and get 5 minutes to chat with ‘Banger’ before his big interview.

So, for a change of pace and between interviews with Sky Sports and the News of the World we sat down in a quiet corner of Gordon Ramsey’s pub - The Warrington – to chat about cricket bats, playing spin and preseason training.

You can see what Marcus had to say in the interview here:

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it

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3 Reasons Why Good Bowlers Want the Keeper to Stand Up

Ego has been the downfall of many a cricketer. Consider the good batsman who gets himself out against a part-time bowler. The bowler doesn’t have to do much because the batter loses concentration against someone with lesser skills.

It’s just the same for club seamers.

A decent league cricket keeper can easily stand up to the average medium pace bowler on the average club wicket. Yet time and time again ego gets in the way.

The captain and senior players say, “are you sure that’s a good idea?”

The bowler grumbles about it, saying it’s putting him off.

In the worst case, the bowler deliberately sends one down the leg side in an effort to push the keeper back.

Ego combined with a fear of letting too many runs go in byes is stopping logical attacking cricket. Young keepers often go with the bowlers and captains wishes so here are three huge reasons to encourage the keeper to stand up more, not less:

1. Standing up gets more wickets

It’s a fact that bowler’s get more wickets when the wicketkeeper is up to the stumps.

The obvious reason is the stumping chance. This is far less frequent than an increase in wickets taken by LBW. The batsman is stuck in his crease and so when the ball hits the pads the umpire knows he is not too far down the wicket. With less doubt in his mind the umpire can be more confident.

And the bowler ends up with an extra wicket from an LBW shout that would have been turned down with the keeper standing back.

Over the course of a season a regular bowler will see a dramatic increase in wickets, mainly from LBW but also from the odd stumping.

Who wouldn’t want that?

2. Standing up makes the batsman nervous

When the keeper is up to the stumps there is an extra close fielder right behind the batsman. If you have ever batted with the keeper up you know how cramped you feel.

You know you have to keep your foot behind the crease, and it becomes much harder to play tip-and-run tactics because the keeper is onto anything you block. Runs dry up and the batter is more likely to try a big shot to a ball that is not there.

3. Standing up is easier for the keeper

Finally, most people assume standing up to pace bowling is the most difficult skill for a keeper. In fact, it’s slightly easier than standing up to spin because you have less time. It’s also easier than standing back because you can get away with average footwork. The ball just hits you and it’s a matter of reactions.

That means the keeper up to the stumps will keep better.

And when the keeper is doing well, the bowler’s are more confident and the team wins more games.

It may seem a subtle difference because it’s hard to measure success but standing up to seamers is a crucial skill for all keepers and everyone in the team should be there to support it.

FREE REPORT: How to Take More Stumpings

Discover how to take more stumpings and catches with the free online wicketkeeping coaching course on PitchVision Academy. Click here to get your free report and worksheet on how to get more stumpings.


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Cricket Show 103: The View From the Irish Dressing Room

Burners in back from the good old US of A just in time for our best cricket show yet.

The episode is packed with entertainment, information and an exclusive insight into Ireland’s historic win over England in the World Cup. We caught up with the Irish analyst, Pete Johnston, who talked us through the victory from the dressing room.

Plus, Leigh Lowry talks to us about how his Aussie grade team keep the energy up in the field. Gary Palmer gives us an introduction to his ABC technique of batting coach (more on that in later shows too) and we answer your coaching questions.

Topics we cover on the show include:
  • How to play a good length ball
  • The role of the captain, wicketkeeper and individual fielders in keeping a fielding team energised
  • What is the ABC of batting coaching
  • How to keep your head under the pressure of a run chase
  • Should a spinner bowl with flight and turn or one-day style ‘darts’?

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Improve Your Wicketkeeper and Improve Your Cricket Team

You never see a good side with a bad wicketkeeper.

By definition a team that is taking wickets has to have a brave, alert and vocal gloveman who holds his catches and keeps fielding standards high. Despite this, wicketkeeping skills are often ignored at practice.

Fielding Drills: Sprint and Throw

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

Purpose: To develop straight ahead speed, acceleration and stopping followed by the skills of picking up and throwing.

Description: Player 1 sprints forwards as fast as possible to intercept the ball rolled by the coach/keeper. Player 2 sets off at a sprint after player 1 runs past.


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Issue: 140
Date: 2011-03-04