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We go video mad this week, throwing you two videos: One on warming up, the other on playing the reverse sweep.

Plus there are a couple of articles on bowling. We look at how to make yourself into an intimidating bowler and some simple ways to select a bowling attack with variety, even if you only have three fit bowlers!

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Here’s a Video Timeline of How to Warm-Up before Cricket

We all accept the importance of a warm up to prepare your body and mind for the game if you play any serious level of cricket from school upwards.

So how does a modern cricket club do it?

We looked at the hour or so that our case study club, Watsonian CC, took to warm up in a league match in Edinburgh.

Watsonians are lucky in that they have both a qualified strength coach and a former international in the side, both playing as amateurs. This means both the physical warm up and the skill work is covered in a way that gets the most from the players.

Any side can copy or customise this warm up safe in the knowledge that it works. It helps prevent injury, prepares you mentally and physically for the first ball of the match.

The video covers general warming up, stretching and mobility and pre-game skill work.

Click here to view the interactive video now.

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How to Play the Reverse Sweep

With the constant rise in run rates, there has never been more demand for creative shots.

The reverse sweep is a perfect example: played when you need to take a risk to score quick runs by putting the ball into a gap.

In this exclusive video PitchVision Academy coach Ian Pont reveals the secrets of how to play and practice the reverse sweep.

Its part of the brand new video-based coaching course on PitchVision Academy that is available soon.

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All you need to do to get this sneak peek is enter your email in the box below and the link will be emailed straight to you.

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Cricket Show 117: Solving the Problems of Fast Bowling

Paddy Sadler is a fast bowler for Watsonian CC, Cambridge MCCU and Scotland Under-19. This week’s show is dominated by an interview with Paddy.

 He tells us about some of the problems facing ambitious young fast bowlers playing club cricket and going to University.

We discuss how to get into rhythm; balancing work and cricket; what practice is best and how to keep your focus if you are bowling badly or getting hit.


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The Chris Tremlett Guide to Going from Mouse to Lion

 Fast bowlers are supposed to snarl and prowl. So what do you do if you have the physical attributes but not the mean, glaring attitude?

English fast bowler Chris Tremlett knows it’s not enough to be able to bowl with pace and accuracy. Fast bowling is also about putting the batsman in two minds.

You need to make the batsman think, “Does he really want to hurt me?”

When he has that doubt in his mind he plays nervously and you get a wicket through poor footwork.

Improve Your Bowling with Variety

How many times has a left arm seamer been picked because they offer “variety” to a cricket team?


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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