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This week there is an audio interview with Kevin Pietersen to keep you entertained and informed.

We also get the inside track on KP from Mark Garaway and show you how to both pick line and length and play spin the KP way.

Have a great weekend, 

David Hinchliffe

Kevin Pietersen on: Playing Spin

Kevin Pietersen reveals his secrets of playing spin bowling in this exclusive preview video of Keep Calm and Smash It.

KP has had great success against some world -class spinners. Warne and Muralitharan both suffered at the bat of the England man.

And now - in this video filmed at the Oval in London as part of KP’s online coaching course - you can learn how he does it so well.

If you want more videos and content from KP, head over to pitchvision.com/kp

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How to Quickly Pick Line and Length

Research has show the simple truth: the better the batsman you are the faster you pick up the line and length of the bowler.

But how do you do that so you can emulate the likes of Kevin Pietersen who seems to have so much time he knows what the bowler has bowled before the bowler even knows?

The first thought is that it is something to do with eyesight or reaction time; natural born traits. The good news is that - when tested - top players are no better at reacting or seeing things than anyone off the street.

That’s good news for you because picking line and length can be trained; it’s within your control.

The even better news is that there is no secret drill, expensive bit of equipment or eyesight training trick either.

It’s all down to one simple thing.

You see, researchers looking into how top players did it found that they were able to pick both line and length before the ball was even bowled.

They were not reading the bowler’s mind.

They were just really, really good at reading the bowler’s movements.

So good they were not thinking about it consciously, they were accessing their subconscious database to instantly predict where the ball was going.

A database of information that had been built up by facing thousands of balls bowled over many years, each ball training the mind to react instinctively.

The bowler gives hundreds of clues every moment: The field that is set, the face he pulls, the way he runs in, the way the front arm goes up, the way the head moves and where the ball is released. Each clue is used by the highly-trained batter’s mind to instantly build up a predictive picture.

The one thing you need to do to pick up line and length

To create that database in your own mind you just need to face a lot of bowling.

Not machines
Not throwdowns
Not underarm and ball drop drills

Although those elements have their uses, they won’t teach your subconscious mind.

Just face as much bowling as you can.

Of course, you need to build in a feedback loop to make sure you are learning as you are bowling.

You will be faced with a lot of failure, and a lot of times where you feel like you can’t be bothered to go through it all again.

But be like those batters - like KP who is famed for his work ethic and triumph against the odds - and power through the bad times to face all those balls.

It’s guaranteed to make you pick up line and length more quickly. 

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Cricket Show 151: Kevin Pietersen Interview

Kevin Pietersen’s new online coaching course – Keep Calm and Smash It – hits PitchVision Academy shortly. That means this week’s show is dedicated to the England batsman with the trademark switch hit.

The interview this week is a recording taken from the course with KP. Also, the team talk about The Big Switch (KP’s competition), skill vs. fitness, pre-season drills and how to bat well if you have lost form.

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Bat the Indiana Jones Way

In the classic movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is faced with a problem.

Trying to make a run for it he is intercepted by an intimidating swordsman doing tricks with a sword that the hat and whip had no chance against.

Beyond the Hype: What you can Really Learn from Kevin Pietersen


I worked with Kevin Pietersen for nearly 4 years on a day to day basis.


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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