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It’s trigger moves and bowling machines mainly this week as Gary Palmer gives us some batting coaching tips. If you want to know how to use a trigger move without getting caught up in your feet, this is the newsletter for you.

We also have time for Mark Garaway to talk about coaching attitudes.

Have a great weekend, 

David Hinchliffe

How to Use a Trigger Move: Pace Bowling

In part one of this two part video on trigger moves, Gary Palmer reveals the most effective way to trigger against swing and seam bowling.

There is much advice and discussion on trigger moves, but the method Gary Palmer teaches allows batsmen at all levels to stay balanced and aligned to the ball without getting closed off.

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Get more batting tips on Gary Palmer's page on PitchVision.

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The Four Non-Negotiables of Cricket Coaching

 There are as many different styles of coaching as there are cricket coaches. Some things are changeable based on your personality and philosophy as a coach, but there are 4 pillars for every coach. These are the things that you take to every session, without question.


1. Never take away a players belief: always build

Lancashire, Sussex and England coach Peter Moores taught me a huge lesson when we were at the T20 World Cup in 2008.

A player was ripping into another player, being sarcastic about the other players cricket and technique.

Peter took immediate action, pulled the offending player to one side;

 "The lowest thing a coach or player can do is take away the belief of a team-mate".

That sounds like a no-brainer, yet whilst coaching in indoor centres and grounds around the world I hear coaches asking players questions such as "John, are you batting with a hologram down there?" because the player has played and missed.

 The other day I was introduced by a coach to a player who said, this is "Amy, she is a batter who is scared of the ball, looks good in the net but she never scores runs in the middle!"

I was shocked, chose to correct the poor use of language and then spent the next 30 minutes rebuilding the belief that the other coach had stripped from the player.

Be aware of your words, your actions and the impact that those words can have on a player.

Build Belief. 

2. Seek out root causes out and apply solutions: coach for long term gain

"You’re losing your wrist, keep your fingers behind the ball!" and "Your collapsing on your back leg, stand up taller!" are two coaching observations that are all too common in sessions around the world.

Yes, those two things are happening yet what is the root cause?

Is the solution to those technical observations really as simple as keeping the wrist behind the ball or standing up tall on your back leg?

Of course not.

Those things are happening as a consequence of the root cause and unless the root cause is treated, the problem will quickly return.


It's our job as coaches to find the root cause behind any challenge that a player is having. Where does it stem from? Work your way back to root cause.

If you treat the root cause then the solution will emerge and then the learning will be longer lasting rather than a quick fix that breaks down under match pressure.

3. Every player and every session is special: be inspirational

When someone comes to your coaching session, do they come with a tag on their shirt telling you where they will go in the game or what role the game will play in their lives?

Of course not.

Therefore, we should coach each session with optimal enthusiasm, drive, enjoyment and passion.

I'm coaching a 18 year old player at the moment who is likely to become a good 2nd Team Cricketer rather than a professional cricketer yet who is loving the sessions, hanging onto each word, asking great questions and is developing well.

He is now really looking forward to playing local club cricket this summer.

Yes, his cricket is improving, but the most pleasing result with this player is that he has just started his ECB Level2 coaching course, is passionate about working with others in the future and about working within the game. I have a sense that this persons impact will be significant he will coach and inspire many others to take up the game in the future.

I hope that my sessions and coaching have inspired him and I predict that he will inspire others through his coaching and his own character in the future.

4. coach your best: you never know who you are coaching

17 years ago, a 3 year old boy walked into his 1st coaching session with a Coach at Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.

The Coach was bubbly, positive, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, fun and focused on developing the potential in every one of those 20 or so players that were standing in front of him.

That coach could not predict what level those players would attain in their careers and it didn't matter. It was about giving them all an enthusiastic, fun, informative positive cricket experience.

Most of those boys are still playing and enjoying the game at Ventnor CC or for other clubs around the world. Some have gone on to become coaches in their own right.

The coach was my Dad.

The then 3 year old was Danny Briggs, England's new left arm spinner who will make his ODI debut against Pakistan in the next 2 weeks.

Danny's positive and early cricketing experiences were essential.

It helped in encouraging his participation in the game, igniting the passion that he has for cricket and refining the techniques, mindsets, perspectives and competitiveness that have underpinned his rapid rise from a 3 year old playing kwik cricket to International cricketer.

The role of the coach in this process is significant so coach your best, always! 

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Cricket Show 148: Gary Palmer

Batting coach Gary Palmer joins the show to talk angles, technique and an alternative method that challenges current approaches to caoching.

Meanwhile Burner, Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe discuss the IPL auction and how the biggest name players are not always the most important (and how that applies to your team).

Plus questions are answered on finding form after an injury, how to stop playing everything off the back foot and how to sport a beard as well as Matt Prior (listen to the show to find out more).


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How to Use a Trigger Move: Spin Bowling

After discussing the best trigger for pace bowling in part one, part two of this video sees Gary Palmer move on to spinners.

Yet again Gary’s goal is to make sure the batsman avoids the common technical problems with a simple move that is an adaption of the popular – and highly misunderstood – forward press.

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4 Angles: The Only Technical Batting Session You Ever Need

PitchVision batting coach Gary Palmer has been causing a bit of a stir.

After years of experimenting and developing he has come up with the ultimate batting session.

A batting session that is so effective and so complete he has been showing it to open-mouthed coaches at several first-class counties.

But here is the kicker; it teaches you to bat in a way that has never been taught before.

Gary calls it 4 Angles, and it’s the only session you will ever need as a coach or a player.


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: 2012-02-10