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The newsletter is special this week because we feature a video from Mark Garaway on how to throw down the stumps more often. It's part of the preview for the Millfield Director of Coaching's upcoming video course First Class Fielding.

Plus there are plenty of other cricket shenanigans from thoughts on Dhoni's retirement to Richard Bailey on improving learning.

Have a great 2015!

David Hinchliffe

Video: How to Throw Down the Stumps

This video is a free sample of the online coaching course - First Class Fielding - from Mark Garaway. Click here for details

There are few better sights in cricket than a fielder hitting the stumps and performing a perfect run out. Yet we can all do more to improve player's ability to hit the stumps. In this free video, Mark Garaway talks about a simple and effective way to hit more often.

For the rest of the course, a guide to coaching players to become top class cricket throwers and catchers, click here.


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5 Cricket Lessons Taught by Dhoni Before he Retired

Dhoni has quit Test cricket, and has left behind a rich history of entertainment for millions. He has also taught us a lesson or two along the way.

As tribute, here are some of PitchVision Academy's favourite articles about the wicketkeeper who lead by example with bat, gloves and sometimes even ball:


How Dhoni became a cricketer

Dhoni never chased the dollar, yet he became a huge success anyway. Can you emulate his work? You can: This article talks you through how he became a cricketer by focusing on what mattered: The cricket.

Batting like Dhoni

4800 Test runs, six hundreds and a counter-attacking style from the middle order showed Dhoni could bat in Test cricket under extreme pressure. In fact, we talked about his cool head in this article about "critical moment control".

Dhoni was also known for his extravagant shots and trademark "heleicopter". It's a reputation we used as a jumping off point for talking about how to innovate with the bat without taking too many risks.

Captain like Dhoni

Dhoni stays on as ODI captain but while Test skipper he brought us highs and lows.

Remember when he brought back leg theory against England? It worked and it might just work in your games too. In the same series he also stood back to a spinner as a legitimate tactic. Did anyone suggest he lacked ideas?

That's partly down to his partnership with Duncan Fletcher, where he worked to effectively bring India out of the post-World Cup win slump. Here is how Dhoni and Fletcher did it.

BOWL like Dhoni?

Dhoni is a keeper but he loves a bowl. I'm sure he would jokingly regret never taking a Test wicket!

Although he is not the best example to follow as a bowler, his enthusiasm to stay involved in the game and try different things shines through when he bowls. He wants to make the difference and is prepared to try anything.

In early 2013 he bemoaned the lack of genuine fast bowlers in India, so we looked at how to help. Hopefully through pushing hard for real bowler's, Dhoni felt less need to turn his arm over.

It's clear MS has been a great source of advice and inspiration to us here at PitchVision Academy, and to millions of young cricketers in India inspired to try and emulate his success.

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Richard Bailey on Practical Ways to Get Better at Cricket

Dr. Richard Bailey has written from a coaches view on helping players learn more quickly. Whether you coach or not, there are insights for becoming a better cricketer.

"According to some books for teachers, skill learning should take up to 3/4 of lesson time. As far as I can see, the only outcome of this approach is that learners switch off, and end up simply going through the motions. Effective practice activities should be relatively short, intense, and highly focused. They should also be immediately followed by an application in a meaningful game."

This article is refreshing is a land of dry theory because it gives several practical steps. It also opens up some ideas for discussion.


One of the points is to use the warm up as a specific part of the session rather than as a general pulse raiser. This is sound advice in general, but I would add a cautionary note. The warm up also plays a key role in injury prevention, even for young players. Cricket is an imbalanced game, the warm up helps bring some balance and save shoulders, hamstrings and backs.

I still support the idea of using the warm up to learn, I would add using it for that alone is a missed opportunity to prevent injury and boost general athletic performance.

I also love the 5th point:

"Learning is problem solving. So, mistakes are the motor of learning as they generate new problems."

Too often as players and coaches we fear problems. We assume that they show we are not good enough. In fact, everyone has problems. The ability to recognise and fix those problems is the art and skill of players and coaches.

Whether you play or coach, or both, these are six great lessons that open up discussion about breaking the status quo. Take a look.

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Ask the Readers: What's Your Goal for This Year?

Welcome to the new year, and a renewed ambition to achieve your goals. So today I want to know, what is your goal for 2015?

I'm asking because I want to know more about the readers of PitchVision Academy. I already know there is an unending passion for becoming a cricketer, fast bowling and drills, now I want to know how you are using the advice provided here.

Click here to complete the survey (should take you less than 1 minute)

How important is quality coaching to your cricketing success?

During his career, Shane Warne was one of the loudest opponents to coaches; famously saying the only use for a coach was to drive the team to the ground. Yet even he turned to a mentor in Terry Jenner when times were tough or he needed some external help.


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: 2015-01-02