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This week we add to our field settings database with fields for left arm seamers and leg spinners. If you have not caught up wiht the archive and you are a coach, captain or bowler it's not to be missed.

We also discuss cricket coaching and ask; who influences you most?

Take the time to give your personal mentor some credit.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Field Settings: Left Arm Fast, Limited Over Death

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

In short format cricket, the left arm quick is a great option to have in your team. When bowling to right handed batsmen they have the tactical advantage of slanting the ball across, making it harder to go leg side.

This was first used to brilliant effect by England in the winning World T20 campaign in 2010, but it is just as useful at club, school and Academy level.

The batsman is trying in most case to hit the ball hard over the leg side field.


Bowling to this field

As the batsman are swinging from the laces, you job is to prevent boundaries as much as possible. You are also looking for wickets from catches or attempted slogs that hit the pads or stumps.

Your main length is the yorker, as this is hardest to hit. Bowl it at the stumps and, if possible, swing it back in to the right hander to force him to hit straight.

Bowling variations

Variety is all important against a set batsman. You need to be able to put him off his stride by mixing up your pace and length. You should consider:

However, variety doesn't need to be as dramatic as those extremes. A slight drop in pace, or a low full toss are more subtle variations that are just as powerful against a batsman who is used to your bowling and going at you hard.

Avoid bowling

Unlike most situations, bowling traditional line and length is undesirable. The batsman can easily set up to get underneath the ball and swipe you over midwicket.

This type of ball can work, especially against new batsman who mistime their swing and end up bowled, but your stock ball is full and straight because it is much lower risk.

There are more tips on the tactical and mental side of death bowling here.

Field variations

Assuming you have to have 4 in the circle, then you can have your off side sweeper move to mid on when the ball is swinging in and the batter has to go straighter.

Fine leg can move up into the circe of you want a deep square leg for the bouncer.

It's also important to keep an eye on what shots the batsman is attempting. You may not need an off side sweeper at all if he is a pure bottom hand slogger.

Batting against this field

The bowler is attempting to counter your main tactic of hitting over the leg side. If he is bowling well you need to find another way to pick up boundaries.

One simple way is to back yourself to hit straight and clear the fielders. You can hit over the bowler's head for a boundary in the V. And if you have a good bat and excellent timing you can even try to go over the deep fielders for a six.

You can step away and try to hit square with a slap shot. Hitting square on the leg side is very difficult but look out for the back of a length ball or bouncer to take advantage of the gap.

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Ask the Readers: Who Influences Your Cricket?

Which coach has influenced you most? Leave a comment below to discuss the unsung heroes of cricket coaching.

Cricket is, above all, a game of technique and mental strength. It’s one that is ideal for coaches to flourish: providing direct advice to those with a burning hunger to perform.

Yet even with the awesome information power of the web, these influencers remain strangely isolated.

The men and women with the keys are rarely found outside the locked door of the professional game where they ply their trade.

Where are the blogs, the Youtube accounts, the facebook groups and the coaches who tweet practical, useful advice?

Barring a few poorly curated websites acting as adverts, there is nothing but the odd sound bite from Duncan Fletcher that doesn’t give more than a part of the game away.

While PitchVision Academy is working to change that odd silence with daily content and detailed online courses, I don’t want us to be the lone voice.

So my question to you is;
Which coaches influence you most?

Do you pick theories from books by men like Bob Woolmer? Do you scour the web for tips from players you admire like JP Duminy or Kevin Pietersen?

Perhaps you avoid the big names and have tied your trust to one local coach who has tirelessly worked using his own methods without a single desire for recognition?

Who deserves you praise for helping you the most?

Leave a comment and give your man his dues. I’ll give an award to the most influential coach. 

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Cricket Show 170: ACE Cricket Academy

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The Common Sense Way to Coach Kid's Cricket

Why do kids play cricket? If you know the answer to that then you know the secret to coaching younger players.

I have been coached by several people over the years. I coached my first team in the summer of 1994. In that time have seen many coaches who could answer that question and had access to the secret.

Yet somehow their coaching does not reflect the answers they give.

This is causing young players to leave the game.

Field Settings: Leg Spin, Tail Ender and Set Batsman

This article is part of "The complete guide to cricket field settings" series.

Imagine a game situation where you have a tail-end batsman at one end, and a well-set batter at the other end. It makes senses to spend more time bowling at the weaker player. You are more likely to get a wicket.

The trouble is that the set batsman will do everything he can to stay on strike by hitting boundaries in the over then stealing a single on the last ball.

You don't want to defend this tactic alone as you still want to try to bowl both players out. But you also want to stop the boundary shots.

So you set an in-out field.


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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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