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Learning should always be fun, especially learning how to play better cricket, but getting good is also a Serious business. So this newsletter combines the serious with the astoundingly entertaining.

Toby Radford of Middlesex and the West Indies gives us an insight into the back foot defensive shot. Mark Garaway tweaks the way coaches speak to players and Amol Muzumdar keeps racking up the runs in the Ranji Trophy. We find out how to become a long lasting batter like the top run-scorer.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Free Video Reveals: How to Play Back Foot Defence


Serious Cricket have teamed up with PitchVision Academy to provide online cricket coaching from some top name coaches.

To celebrate the launch of the first course, Batting with Toby Radford we are giving away a free video on how to play the back foot defence.


The guide is laid out in the exact same way as the actual course.

Click here to learn how to play the back foot defence.

If you enjoyed the video you can get more free tips by clicking here.

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Cricket Show 189: Just One Chance at Cricket Trials

David Hinchliffe defies his own healthy eating mantra to eat fizzy cola bottles while The Boss and Mark Garaway talk cricket.

The show includes the big announcements of Serious Cricket on PitchVision Academy and PitchVision's official partnership with Pace Bowling Australia Fast Bowling Clinics.

Toby Radford is our guest interview and we answer questions on improving net practice (including using BATEX) and how to make the most of your one chance at cricket trials.


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Are You Coaching 'Towards' or 'Away'?

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a session with a top class player who had lost his 'mojo' against spin.

When I asked him to tell me about his plans for our time together he said,

"I don't want to feel shotless when the ball spins, don't want to feel as if I am going to nick it to slip or short leg and I don't want to be stuck in the crease".


I thanked him for the honesty feedback and then asked, "what is it that you wanto to do against spin?"

In truth, at this point, my job as a coach was done.

The player then started to talk about moving deep in the crease, pushing back into leg-stump to hit through the off-side off the back foot, skipping out of his crease to get as close to the pitch of the ball as possible and sweeping the bowlers best deliveries out to deep square for one.

With this statement he defined the areas of our sessions.

Towards style coaching

The lesson here is that it's always important to focus on what you want to achieve rather than what you want to avoid.

I call this positive approach a 'towards' coaching style. It's very effective.

However, I have worked with coaches who work in a mainly 'away from' coaching style; they describe in detail what they don’t want to happen.

These coaches intentions are as honourable as mine or yours, yet the presentation of their coaching points is often counter-intuitive.

Imagine that you ask an under 14 batsman not to think of getting out.

What’s on his mind?

He has to think about getting out first so he knows what not to think about.

Then, the very thing you didn't want the player to do is now embedded in his mind.

As a result, the main influence on your players thinking and technique is now the action you asked them to stop or avoid.

I often hear coaches using negative commands when coaching their players?

"Don't let your head fall over when you bowl"

"Don't play the ball early"

"Don't let your wrist collapse.

We have all done it, yet we know it doesn't help our players!

This week's homework

Can you reflect on your language patterns and see if your words fit into the following model;

80% of your words with players should be about what you want the player to do, with only 20% being about what you want the player to stop doing.

Record your session on a camera or on your voice memo phone app and listen back. It's intriguing!

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Here's Another Incredible Batting Tip From An International Level Coach

Online coaching is what we do here at PitchVision Academy, which is why this week we are delighted to welcome Serious Cricket and their world-class coaches to the platform.

As you know, we are constantly seeking out talented players and coaches to give you the highest quality cricket coaching advice in the courses section.

Serious Cricket are in the same game and have gathered together 4 top coaches who we are adding to the fold here.

Using Strategy Games to Bat Like Amol Muzumdar

Becoming the Ranji Trophy’s highest ever run scorer takes relentless patience. You learn to bat the opposition out of the game by waiting and picking off the weak bowling.

Amol Muzumdar, who is in a see-saw competition with Wasim Jaffer to finish with the highest run tally, knows his game in this way. He has a strategy and he sticks to it.

But what if you are just starting out as a batter; how do you learn to play your own way and emulate this success in professional cricket?


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: 2012-11-23