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One of the big evergreen topics here is warming up. That's great sign that players and coaches are taking warm ups more seriously than back in 2006 when we started. It warms my heart to see warm ups getting popular.

But, we have never got all the content on warming up in one place. Until this newsletter. The main article is the full collection of everything, and while it takes some reading it's worth it if you are one of the many thousands of people looking for warm up information.

Plus, Menno Gazendam takes a fresh look at bowling batsmen around their legs, Mark Garaway talks about tuning up your batting and Sam Lavery gets you back on track if you have failed early.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

How to Warm Up for Cricket: The Guide


Is your pre-game warm up helping your cricket?

We all warming up is important and we are looking for new ways to make it fun and relevant for the match.

But if you want to do it right you can't just throw down a few cones, hit up some catches and hope for success. It's important to keep it simple, but simple is nothing unless it is also effective. To be effective you need a deeper undertanding of both the "why" and "how" of warming up, so you can select the correct drills at the correct time.

So, here is a collection of the best articles on warming up from PitchVision Academy to help you understand the warm up, and use it to boost your game while preventing injury. It can be used by coaches and players alike.

Take you time to go through these, take notes, and come up with your plan.


1. Why do we Warm Up?

How to Warm Up

Injury Prevention

Fast Bowling Specialist Warm Ups

Warm Up Drills

Young Cricketers

Further Study

This is an optional section that provides extra information around warming up.

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Streetwise Bowling: Around the Legs

This article is part of the "Streetwise Bowling" series from PitchVision Academy. To view the full list of tactics click here. This tactic has been provided by Spin Coach, Menno Gazendam.

Bowling leg breaks to a batsman with a weak spot on his legs?

Don't just go the obvious route and pitch every ball outside of leg stump.

The batsman will know what is going on and just pad you safely away. Instead, work him over by getting him to come forward, then surprising him with a big turner outside leg.


As such, it can be used in both attacking and defensive roles.

  • Name: Around the Legs
  • Bowling Type: Leg Spin
  • Difficulty Level: 7/10
  • Success Level: Variable

It's a method that has worked for the greatest ever leggie. Take a look at this clip of Shane Warne setting up Darren Powell. For more than an over and half he draws Powell on the front foot, getting him to commit early with coming forward. Then he bowls his big turning leg break wide outside leg, catching Powell off balance and leaving leg stump exposed.


Here is how you bowl it.

The Over

Ball 1: Bowl well up around off-stump and outside.

Ball 2-4: Vary your drop, drift and turn ( but do not use your biggest leg break). Maintain the same line throughout the over: good length, hitting the top of middle and leg to leg stump. Encourage the batter to defend and drive on the front foot. Be patient and keep at it. Yes, this is important to lull the batsman into thinking he understands your method.

Ball 5 or 6: When you have your man, bowl your biggest leg break wide outside leg stump and full. This way you will catch the batsman off-balance. He will be looking at going forward and not be able to get in position to defend the leg stump. The chances are very good that you will hit the stumps out of the rough.

Give it a go and let me know how you get on!

For more spin bowling tips, tricks and tactics get the free 8 week spin bowling course from Menno Gazendam, Authour of Spin Bowling Tips.

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Cricket Show S5 Episode 18: How to Stop Cramps

Mark Garaway joins David Hinchliffe, Sam Lavery and Burners live from a match (with background cricket sounds in full effect) where his multi-tasking skills are pushed to the maximum. He does an awesome job as the team chat about preventing cramps and answer a question about the bound of the bowling action.

There is also a great tip for an easy way to measure wicketkeeping (and fielding performance) and some discussion about the risks of "big fish syndrome".

Download and listen for the full information-packed banter!


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Treat Your Batting Like A Car

One of the young coaches in my coaching team, Matt Thompson, recently recounted a coaching session with one of the International players at the school.

Matt and Tom had a range hitting session and it was clear Tom was inconsistent.

Matt's solution was to get back to basics.

How to Stay on Track After Crushing Failure

How does it feel when you get knocked out of an important competition?

Recently, a side I was coaching suffered that exact setback. We had failed to reach the primary goal we were working towards. It hurts. But the response to failure in this way will mould your future successes.

So how do you look it it?

One way is to say "one shining performance can upset even the best laid plans. After all, players are allowed to play well." You can put it behind you knowing there was nothing more you could have done. You solider on week to week through less competitive fixtures.

Maybe you go the other way. We have all had moments where we wake up at 3am with a cold sweat cursing that loose shot or dropped catch. You constantly look back at where you've gone wrong. You formulate a "what if" list that will only serve to infuriate you every time you recollect a missed opportunity.

One of these tends to be the default position.

But we can do better.


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: 2014-05-16