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If you love big name coaching, this is the newsletter for you. Michael Bevan continues his video guides to batting, we examine Shikar Dhawan's reverse sweeping in Test cricket and Mark Garaway gives us a drill for the under-coached wicketkeeper.

Speaking of keepers, Menno Gazendam gives the spinners view on working with the gloveman. So there is something for everyone to try this week no matter where you skills lie.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

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Coach Your Keepers to Become Standing Back Legends

There are hundreds of keeping drills for standing up to the stumps. However, outside of the professional game, I see little evidence of keepers being asked to develop their capacity when standing back.

So lets address this now!


Basic standing back drill

I'm sure you know about the merits of the "Sidearm" for the preparation of batsmen to deal with fast bowling through consistency of pace and sheer numbers of deliveries that a coach can produce over a session.

Now we can extend that to the keepers.

Always use the crease lines to make the drill as specific as possible with distances and angles. Position the keeper lining for a left- or right-handed batter and fire through balls simulating the pace that the keeper experiences in games.

The better you get at controlling the Sidearm, the more you can subtlety change the angle of the ball in order to move your keeper left and right forcing him to move his feet and dive every now and again.

This basic drill can be upped by a number of enhancements to increase challenge and stretch the keeper.

  1. Place an upright cricket bag (simulating a batter) in front of the stumps to block the view of the keeper for certain lines of ball. This replicates the challenges of the job and also when combined with a swinging ball promotes good discipline as the keeper needs to hold their line to gather information prior to moving.
  2. Place a board like the Katchet on the ground on a length so that the ball deflects for catches every now and again. The randomness of the contacts with the board reflect the realistic challenge that the keeper faces each day.
  3. Wrap hard wearing tape on one side of the ball to change it's balance and aero-dynamics. This simulates the swing and dip that you find occurs in certain venues and countries around the world. Certainly good for preparing keepers to play in Europe and the UK.
  4. Lower the release point of the Sidearm in order to get the ball to skid lower and reach the keeper at more challenging heights around the shin/ankle area. This is the most difficult height of ball to take and also the one that comes along in early season on a regular basis.....so it's worth practising lots ahead of a new season.

So get yourself a sidearm, practice religiously with it and open up a world of standing back keeper drills that will take your glovemen to the next level.

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Cricket Show S4 Episode 11: Michael Bevan

Special Guest Michael Bevan is on the show to talk about practice methods, types of practice and how long to practice for.

Meanwhile the team discuss your questions on the good and bad of having a bowling group leader under the captain and how to get into form when the more you practice the worse you play.


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Work With Your Wicketkeeper to Take More Wickets

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

As a spinner you have have the great advantage of taking wickets with stumpings. Shane Warne took 152 wickets with stumpings alone!

To make it work you need to have a good bond with your keeper.

Dhawan Demonstrates How to Reverse Sweep Effectively

Of the many exciting things about Shikhar Dhawan's debut Test century against Australia, his reverse sweeping was a fascinating study of modern batting.

What can we learn from the Delhi Daredevil?

On the surface, it appears arrogant to reverse sweep in a Test. Coaches will tell you that cricket is supposed to be played with a straight bat. Youngsters playing it in nets are told to play "properly".


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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Issue: 247
Date: 2013-03-22