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There is a focus this week on what club players can take from the professional game.  Some things just can’t be emulated, but a lot can be adapted. Read the newsletter to find out some simple tricks.

Plus we ask for your help with giving some batting advice. As a cricket geek you will want to roil your sleeves up and leave an opinion.

Also, don’t forget JP Duminy (yes, the real one) is still giving away a bunch of videos to promote his new coaching course. We won’t keep the list open forever, so get your name down before it’s too late

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Become a Cricket Badger to Become a Better Cricketer

There is no surer sign that you are a badger, or cricket tragic, that you spend so long talking about the game you almost miss your train.

Yes I’ve done it (with equal badger Stacey Harris).

But it’s not all geeking out over which number 11 has the most Test runs. Becoming obsessed will also make you a better player.

I realise it’s in my interest to tell you that; but hear me out.

You see, watching a lot of top class cricket has a kind of osmosis effect on your own technique.

By watching you get to see exactly what good technique is like (or at least effective technique, which is the same thing). It’s why coaches demonstrate a skill before they get kids to have a go: It’s a crucial part of the learning process.

So you sit in the stands in the sunshine watching excellent cricketers ply their trade and in return you learn about style, the rhythms of the game and the tactics that work.

Then, seeing as you are quite the obsessive by now, you get the urge to find out if you can do the same things as your heroes.

Of course, you can’t.

At least, not at first: these guys have years of insanely focused practice behind them. They are dedicated to their profession because in elite sport you have to be. They are the very definition of badgers. They are just motivated by the need to pay the rent.

You can’t emulate that at club nets.

What you can do is copy the motivation they show.

The only difference is yours is driven by an internal – badger-like – passion for self-improvement. A professional attitude even if you are an amateur.  There is nothing stopping you being that way the moment training begins.

Yes, you have a lot of catching up to do, but catch up you can.

It takes planning, hard work, dedication and a big slice of luck.

But it all begins by being a badger.

You could even argue that that is where talent really begins

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An Hour of Professionalism Makes All the Difference to Your Cricket Club

This is a guest article from club cricketer Mat Savage

Never underestimate investment in time over money at club level. 

Professional cricketers are becoming ever more professional in their approach to the game; and it is hard to ignore the commitment and drive given by the players and their coaches.

Amateur clubs don’t hold the budget to invest the training aids and coaches used by the pros; but most amateur players can afford to invest a little extra time developing their game.

As vice-captain of our 1st XI I wanted to impact on our off field commitments to the game, so over the past few weeks a handful of the youngsters in our firsts and myself have been using our nets and artificial wicket to warm up and drill some techniques for an hour before every game. 

This youthful enthusiasm quickly rubbed off on some of the older players who now value these pre game sessions; and their performances now reflect their willingness to work.

Our structure for these sessions is simple; and the pure intention of them is to get our muscle memory in gear and iron out any technical issues we have noticed in our recent games. 

The batsman work on particular shots in nets with throw downs, the bowlers bowl with full run ups to no batsman and then everyone works on fielding drills at the end. 

This is no ECB Development camp. It’s is not about the level of ability of individuals; the levels the club plays at or even the physical act of warming up.

It’s about the simple idea that no matter what level you play at, only positives can come from player motivation to improve; and if one player’s motivation reflects into the whole team, then together that team has the foundation to progress.

So I urge you, if there is one thing your club adopts for the next season, it is to invest an hour before each game implementing these drills. 

You will be rewarded. 

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Cricket Show 128: Pink Balls

It’s controversy all round in the show as David and The Boss take a look at pink balls and floodlit first-class cricket, bad pitches and the fitness – or otherwise – of India’s cricketers.

We also answer questions on fitness and have an interview with Joe Shillaker of SM1 Coaching all about how cricket is an important factor in the wider development of youngsters in society.

It’s an unmissable start to your weekend, or your money back. 


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Ask the Readers: Give your Batting Advice

The most successful article I ever wrote on PitchVision Academy is nothing to do with me: it was advice that you dear reader gave on bowling.

(It’s so good, the discussion is continuing even now, check it out).

I love how the site generates so much discussion so now I’m opening up the floor to those with a passion for batting.

Here is the question to stir your batting mind:


How to Play Like JP Duminy

Gifted international batsman, athletic fielder and IPL superstar: JP Duminy even has a bit of a bowl.

There’s no doubt he is a thoroughly modern professional cricketer, and one that has worked hard to become successful. You could do a lot worse than emulate him.

It’s for that reason that we chose JP to be the latest superstar to join PitchVision Academy.


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: 2011-09-09