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Gary Palmer stars in this week's newsletter with a brand new template for players and coaches to build perfect batting technique. He calls it the pyramid of batting coaching. If you are serious about batting it's something you need to consider from a coach who has tweaked international level techniques.

Plus Mark Garaway gives us some fielding tips, we try and fathom out the success of Pujara and we ask you what your training looks like right now. Take a moment to post a response.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Build a Fielding Culture


Have you ever said or thought any of these things as a coach?

"Fielding is a non-negotiable"

"Catches win matches"

"Fielding is the only time that we are working together as a team, so it's vital that we are good at it!'

I agree, but I also ask: How well does your coaching fielders and keepers reflect those statements?

How much are the players developing their basic stop, catch and throw skills so that your team fielding drills increase in quality?

After all, the better these drills are performed the better our chances of wickets in matches.


Use culture to find the time for skill work

You may ask how you find the time for skills when you have a squad of players. You can't split yourself into 12. However you can develop a self organised culture that drives performance gain.

I get the players at school to take pride in self-reliance. I want them to have the ability to feed as well as perform drills. So they learn:

  • Skyer hitting for high (height and accuracy) and flat catches
  • Tennis racquet hitting into flat catching
  • Throwing onto Katchet boards
  • Catching with a baseball mitt
  • Underarm feeds into catching
  • Run off catches to a slip fielder (with both the Katchet board and cricket bat)

The final skill also helps to develop the players skill to be able to control the run down to 3rd man against faster bowlers in 1 day cricket.

When players know the drills, and can perform them without you, you will be surprised how quickly the culture shifts and players go off and practice on their own during quiet times.

"Open Cupboard Wednesday"

Every few Wednesdays, I allow the players to search in the store cupboard and use their innovative thinking and the equipment that we have collated over the years to come up with new fielding drills.

My better fielding drills came from these sessions. I owe Jos Buttler and his 2003 Somerset Academy Squad a lot when it comes to my fielding drill repertoire.

Use video fielding and keeping drills on rainy days

Build up a catalogue of footage of fielding so that when it rains you can put them up on a TV screen and get the players to review their technique, their performance and get them to pick out areas of individual and collective technical development. Use the time that's created by rain by planning ahead.

Rain is inevitable, it can be our friend as well as our foe.

Can you use any of these strategies to support your fielding philosophy?

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Cricket Show S4 Episode 48: You're Making Me Cross

Sledging is in the news, so David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway take a look at the coaching side of mental disintegration, and talk about Kevin Pietersen's method for dealing with aggression. Plus there is a discussion on using the crease, and fast bowler's jogging controversies.

Chris Nash - Vice Captain of Sussex and globetrotting T20 player - joins the team for an interview and there is have another prize to give away in the mailbag.


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Cricket Infographic: The Pyramid of Batting Coaching

Gary Palmer has been coaching batsmen for decades and alongside running the high-class CCM Academy, acts as a batting consultant to many professional and International batsmen. To find out more click here.

Don't underestimate the power of coaching the basics well.

Think of good progressive coaching in building blocks: keep building the pyramid from the bottom up. It takes much longer to get it right unless you technically prepare players for the next level.


There is no point doing bouncer practice early in a winter training program if you haven't done plenty of grooving on back foot drives and defence. You need to gradually build up a player's technique and confidence. If something breaks down in a particular area go back revisit it and start building block by block again.

The same principle applies to hitting gaps and manoeuvring the ball, a player needs to nail their basic technique first. If not, the player will be ineffective and inconsistent in trying to deliver a game plan.

The grooving stages should be the most intensive on technical input. Get very technical and strive for perfection. When you reach the later stages cut back on technical input and focus on; watching the ball, shot selection and delivering game plans. Keep eyes out for minor faults.

Even if the player is getting runs, it's your job to fix it before it gets any worse. The longer you leave a small fault, the bigger it becomes and the harder it is to fix. However, fine tuning is easy for the player and coach to sort out.

Click here to download the inforgraphic with the progression.

To get more batting coaching from Gary Palmer that will make the most of your talent, click here.

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Ask the Readers: What Are You Working On?

We all know the benefits of purposeful practice, for players and for cricket coaches at every level. If you have no purpose, you have no reason to be at practice.

But that is easy to forget sometimes, especially when a net is running itself and everyone is getting a go. Things drift quickly. I want to prevent that so I want to know:

What are you working on right now?

Leave a comment in the comments box and let me know.

Pujara Proves Cricket is About World-Class Basics

Cheteshwar Pujara is a throwback, but he proves beyond doubt that cricket is about a relentless thrust towards doing the basics at a world-class level.


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: 2013-12-06