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With Graham Gooch about to reveal his coaching methods, we give you another video from the England hero. This is all about batting methods. It's a strong slice of advice from a legend of the game.

And we are making out own legends in the rest of the newsletter. We talk about how to bowl a yorker, a question Mark Garaway is asking to get to know his new team, and we learn a changing room secret.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Video: Graham Gooch Answers Your Batting Questions

A while back I asked for your questions on batting for England hero, Graham Gooch. Here is the first installment of his answers for you.

Filmed at the County Ground in Chelmsford, home of Essex County Cricket Club, Goochie took the time to talk about a range of topics. Here is the video:


If you can't see it click here.

The five questions, sent in by PVA readers are:

  1. How do you coach with "Action Types"
  2. Should better batsmen work on technique or decision making?
  3. What should go through your mind at different scores?
  4. What are the basics of your head in the stance?
  5. Can you coach bat speed?

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Ask This One Question To Better Know Your Cricket Team

I am building a new team at Millfield School this year. This is a huge challenge for the coach, captain and the players who will make up that team.

Whilst I have worked individually with a couple of the players in the one to one programme, I am starting from scratch with 9 of the group. The brutal reality is that we have a 10 week period together to form a team and to work towards playing some really good cricket together.

With that, I was searching for a way to get a deeper understanding of the players within the squad so I "borrowed" a great trick from Olympian swimmer Euan Dale.


Euan coaches within our excellent swimming programme here at the School. Euan asks each athlete to write down 10 points to the question "Why do I swim?"

This exercise often reveals the inner workings of the person answering the question and thus provides the coach or captain with an invaluable insight into a powerful resource that is often untapped.

One of the first sheets I had emailed to me this week said:

  1. Cricket is a great sport played by great people. I aim to be a great person one day.
  2. I love competing and fighting with my mates to come out on top of a game.
  3. I love winning, especially if I have worked towards something in my practice sessions and that "thing" helped us to win the game.
  4. There is nothing better than taking a full length diving catch to change the direction of a game.
  5. Because my two best mates in the world play alongside me.
  6. I am called the "finisher" when I bat as I have been not out in winning situations a lot. A bit like MS Dhoni. That makes me feel proud!
  7. I love the laughs and the jokes that we have in cricket. We have lots of time to do this as it’s a long game so we are well practised.
  8. Cricket is a game of failure. We fail more often than we succeed as a batter or a bowler, so when I DO succeed then it feels amazing.
  9. I like “ruining” the oppositions day!
  10. Because I feel that the harder I work, the better I get. That is different from some of my classes at school.

So what does this tell us: How can we use this information?

It doesn't take much to extract a few consistencies that are linked to the individual motivations within this player:

  1. Winning
  2. People
  3. Getting better/development
  4. Fun

With this insight we can now tailor our words and intentions when trying to get the best out of him over the next 10 weeks or so. For example:

"If we practice hard then it gives us a better chance of winning"

"I want you to come up with a really fun and active warm up drill for next week's game. Would you do that for me?"

"I know that you have not scored runs in the past 3 games. You know you are working hard on your technique and at some point it will all drop in, you will make a match winning contribution for us and then think how that will make your team mates feel"

How simple is that as an exercise?

Totally brilliant too! Give it a go.

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Cricket Show S6 Episode 12: Turning Inside Out

Sam Lavery joins David Hinchliffe to talk about moving from indoor to outdoor training. Mark Garaway arrives late to flip it around and talk about what happens at the end of the season. There are plenty of ideas whatever end of the season you are at around now.

Plus the team chat about the relationship between bowling back pain and volume. It can be hard for young, keen bowlers to keep track of how much they bowl, but it's worth it if you want to stay injury free.

Listen to the team's advice on the show.

How to Send in Your Questions

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How To Bowl A Yorker

Yorkers are game changing balls.

Any bowler. On any pitch. At any time. You turn an innings around with the use of a good yorker or two. Ian Pont thinks they are so important that mastering one gives you a blank cheque for the IPL. But it's not just at the end of a Twenty20 game where they are destructive.

A yorker is a difficult ball to negotiate, even for well set batsman. You can bring it any time you want to upset the guy at the other end. You can use it to break a big partnership in longer games just as effectively as you can keep runs down at the death.

So if they are so useful, why don't we see them used more often?

What Can This Depressed Changing Room Story Tell You?

Here's a story that might make you think.

Not long ago I was playing in an away match in a team with a lot of younger players. Unusually, I was late and arrived close to the start time. We had already tossed and were about 10 minutes from going into the field.

Nobody had warmed up.

Not a gentle throw on the outfield. Not a few half-hearted slip catches. Nothing.


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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