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Top names in cricket are a big part of the newsletter this week. Ryan Maron give us his tips on running between the wickets; Mark Garaway talks us through super-overs and Menno Gazendam looks at how to get fielding support as a spinner.

Plus we talk about a part of Virender Sehwag's game that is often ignored because of his aggressive batting style. Can all batsmen learn from his example after all?

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Ryan Maron Batting Tips: Running Between the Wickets


This interactive diagram is part of a series from Ryan Maron's Cricket School of Excellence. This time we look at running between the wickets

Ryan Maron - the former Western Province player - is one of South Africa’s leading coaches, running his famous Cricket School of Excellence in Cape Town for over 10 years as well as being Head coach of the University of Cape Town.

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The tips are provided in association with Maron’s Cape Town International Cricket Academy (CTICA)

The camp for players from anywhere in the world aged 18-25, offers a chance to develop cricketing skills in one of the world’s most attractive cities.

The camp takes place in Cape Town between 1 February-31 March 2013. The Director is Ryan Maron. The other coaches include former South African international all-rounder Brian McMillan, veteran of 38 Tests and 78 ODIs between 1991 and 1998, and Andy Moles, who is one of the most experienced coaches in international cricket. Moles, who made more than 15,000 runs at an average of 40 during an 11-year career at Warwickshire and Griqualand West, has since had spells as coach of Kenya, Scotland, Canada and New Zealand.

For two months, players will get mental, fitness and cricket coaching, as well as playing activities, bed and breakfast, training and playing clothing, sightseeing, tickets to Newlands cricket ground and a range of other activities.

In addition to helping the participants to develop their skills in batting, bowling and fielding, the Academy focuses on physical and mental fitness, vision and nutrition. The coaches will also provide an in-depth analysis of every player’s strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to return to their home country with a head start for the coming season.

There is extensive coverage of the Academy, including match reports and photos, and a regular practice and match diary for each player.

The CTICA is limited to just 16 players. So act now by visiting capecricketacademy.com

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If Twenty20 is a Lottery: What Does That Make Super-Over Cricket?

We now see sides progressing into World Cup Semi finals on the back of 1 over innings; the penalty shoot out of cricket.

So it possible to become a great 'super-over' player and a great 'super-over' coach?

Here is the main attribute that I believe you need to be successful in the new shortest format of the game.


Critical Moment Control

In the first ball of the West Indies innings in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 we saw one player with 'Critical Moment Control' (CMC) and one who without it.

Tim Southee missed the white line by 3 inches at one end and his target area by 6 inches at the other end which meant that the West Indies had scored 41% of the total runs required off 0 deliveries, game over!

Meanwhile at the other end, Chris Gayle, the worlds best T20 Batter, slammed the delivery efficiently over the boundary fence.

Now is that down to physical preparation?


Tim Southee is the best practicer of his skills in the NZ set up, that's why they went to him in that situation, he can hit his yorker targets in practice like no-one else yet bowled:

  • No ball 1/2 volley (7)
  • Yorker (1)
  • 1/2 volley (2)
  • 1/2 Volley (1)
  • Wide (1)
  • Yorker (1)
  • FullToss (6)

Only 2 well executed balls in his 7 deliveries (5 legitimate ones).

Players who display high levels of CMC make good decisions under pressure, they are able to be clear state of mind under the highest of pressures enabling to execute their skills with unnerving accuracy.

So lets break that down.

Good decisions under pressure/clear state of mind

Southee had a single plan and nothing else to Gayle; the wide yorker.

Gayle knew this as he would have watched Southee bowl earlier in the tournament in less pressured situation and also the field setting gave Southee no option of deception at all.

It was an all or nothing approach against the best striker of a ball In the world. It feed his strength as as Gayle has more control of a cricket ball when it's outside the line of his core.

At this point Southee was simply not thinking straight, the game was slipping away and he chose to go around the wicket and deliver balls into leg stump to Marlon Samuels.

Earlier in the tournament, Southee had bowled an over in match play (17th over) to right handers from over the wicket mixing wide yorkers with slower balls and bouncers and gone for 4 off the over to bring New Zealand back into the game vs Pakistan in the group stages.

To move to around the wicket under extreme pressure to the right handed Samuels took him away from his strength and opened up the pre-dominant leg-side strong shots of Marlon.

Tim missed his marks at both end of the pitch and the game was over.

Training the super over

Firstly, it's vital, as I have said before, to have a complimentary other option to ensure that the batter can't just line up against your single ball plan.

Deception is key and throwing in the potential for another delivery type will offer a point of mental interference if nothing else.

Middle practice with fielders in a super over scenario helps develop both your batter's and bowler's CMC.

Keep a league table of the top batters and bowlers in those 1 over games, provide a reward over a period of time for those who finish top, or top 3 as batters and bowlers over a series of 1-over middle practice sessions.

Often, 20 and 50 over games come down to winning or losing a single over, whether that be the last over or the 17th for example so it is good practice.

Make it competitive, your players will be motivated by the reward and bragging rights that come from strong performance under pressure and - more importantly - it will provide you with information on whom can handle that pressure at critical moments of a game when the pressure is highest.

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Cricket Show 182: India's 5th Bowler

India are out of the World Twenty20, but the selection dilemma the national side faced is one sides at all levels also see; 5th bowler or  extra batsman?

Find out what the team think by listening to the show.

We also discuss the rate of innovation in Twenty20 and where batsmen should stand in the crease, with Burner's getting some direct coaching advice from Mark Garaway.


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Batting Like Sehwag is About More Than Aggression

Virender Sehwag is more than an opening batsman. Through his astounding achievements he has come to represent an attitude to batting.

That attitude has both been praised and admonished as simple yet irresponsible.

Batting is not a complex tactical and technical mix to Sehwag. He see's every ball in every situation as a chance to score runs. Ideally a boundary but he will take less if he must.

The Great India Fielding Hoax

Menno Gazendam is author of Spin Bowling Project. Get your free 8 week spin bowling course here.

India has many great cricketers, but fielding has always been the weakest area for the team. Like a club side, the attitude is that fielding comes last. It's not as important as batting or bowling so you can afford standards to drop, as long as your main skill is in form.

That's a pure hoax.


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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