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The Graham Gooch coaching videos are finally here! Whether you want a freebie, or you want the full premium course, everything is now up on PitchVision Academy for you to see the great man in action.

Take a look below for details.

Plus, Mark Garaway tells us how Australia won the world cup and Iain Brunnschweiler recommends a quick way to improve your next net session.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

OUT NOW: Exclusive Online Coaching with Graham Gooch

From today, Runmaker, the cricket coaches guide to developing high-class batsmen and runmakers from Graham Gooch , is available exclusively on PitchVision Academy.

Click here for full details.

The man with over 67,000 professional runs has - for almost 30 years - coached batsmen for both Essex and England to emulate his technical knowledge, powers of concentration and incredible work-ethic. Now, through his streaming video course, he will show you how to develop the next generation built for scoring reliable, "daddy" innings in all situations.

To do this, Gooch has developed a system of player development that brings out the best technical skill, attitude and concentration in each individual. If you coach batsmen at any level, the Runmaker system shows you how to get the best from them no matter what their personality and individual skill.

All the streaming videos are split into chapters to make it totally relevant to your needs, and the accompanying eBook lets you take the advice anywhere:

  • Batting drills used by Gooch
  • The technical "non-negotiables" of batting
  • Ways to deal with talented but difficult players
  • A systematic coaching method that covers the four most important aspects of coaching runmakers
  • Ways to coach a better work ethic into batters

The course was filmed at the Essex County Ground, with detailed streaming video demonstrations of techniques and drills alongside an insightful interview that taps deeply into Gooch's thinking as a coach.

Unlike a traditional coaching manual or DVD, you can interact with others on the course, take on the advice and video tips and apply them immediately. The eBook can be downloaded and read anywhere, any time.

It's a coaching masterclass.


Click here for more information and to be one of the first to purchase.

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Video: Graham Gooch on Coaching Batsmen

Graham Gooch scored over 8,000 Test runs and, since retiring has been teaching batsmen at Essex and England to emulate his efforts. Here's a short video with some of his tips and insights.

This is the second part of the interview filmed at the County Ground in Chelmsford. This time we talked about how to coach runmakers in nets. Here is the video:


In the video topics discussed are:

  • Coaching in group nets
  • Building an innings in nets
  • What to say to a batsman after a net
  • Sidearm vs. bowling machines.

Get more "coach the coach" advice from Graham Gooch at Runmaker

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What All Coaches Learn from How the World Cup Was Won

I know you heard me say it weeks ago: The World Cup final would be played between Australia and New Zealand. It wasn't a lucky guess at all. Both nations have a whole heap of things in place to make that 2015 World Cup Final pairing almost a formality in my mind.

This is my guide to how the World Cup was won.



Michael Clarke has impressed everyone with his incredible leadership over the course of the previous 6 months. Those that knew him were fully aware that he was a top bloke as well as being a top cricketer. Yet, even those must sit there now and say "this bloke has gone to the next level".

Similarly, his Kiwi Counterpart is an exceptional human being who just gets it right.

'Baz' McCullum balances being a solid guy possessing great values with the explosive and selfless nature of his batting and fielding. How many blokes like Baz get overlooked as leaders?

Have you got someone in your club who could be your McCullum just waiting for the chance to lead?


The balance between Clarke and Darren Lehman is magnificent. They compliment each other wonderfully. Lehman loves fun and seems to spend his days mentoring and relaxing players in order to facilitate their most optimal performance state. He gets to know each player, is a straight talker yet does it in a way where everyone ends up working towards the team goal.

This was epitomised beautifully at the outset of the tournament when Clarke was easing his way back to match fitness. George Bailey captained the eventual winners in their 1st Group game against England, scoring 55 in a comprehensive win.

In a post match conference, Bailey eluded to the fact that he was sitting in Clarke's chair as a captain and player. He knew and accepted his role, performed it admirably and did an amazing supporting job from the sidelines for the remainder of the tournament.

It takes exceptional management to bring about these outcomes. Hats off to Messrs Lehman, Clarke and Bailey.


The sides that have fun generally do well at this silly game called cricket. Fun in practice, fun off the field and allowing characters to develop within your teams leads to success.

It's a great game that should always be enjoyed. Again, our finalists both exude fun. It's a pre-requisite of sustained performance.

I loved Darren Lehman's photo updates of the Aussie celebrations. If you can't have fun when you have earned a World Cup, then when can you?

Perspective and purpose

The tragic death of Philip Hughes would have derailed many teams, many players and many nations. Some countries would have used it as an excuse or distraction. Not the Aussies.

Every man has committed to enjoying and working hard in every day that they have playing cricket in order to honour Philip's life and memory. It is evident in the way that they go about everything. That aftermath of the terrible accident now fuels Australian Cricket, not just for now but for a while to come.

It takes special people to turn tragedy into triumph.

The way that Australia faced up to their loss at Auckland was full of perspective. They loved the game, the buzz, the challenge and the atmosphere but didn't let it disrupt their flow or confidence. They knew that they would get a second bite of the cherry and next time it would be on home turf.

How good are you at refocussing after awful news? How good are you at "losing"?

Home Advantage

It helps, if you let it and embrace the benefits of expectation and support.

I think New Zealand captured their countries hearts and minds brilliantly during the tournament and if the final had been in Auckland or Wellington then the score would have been closer that's for sure.

Both finalists were unbeaten in their own back yards. They played amazing cricket, full of passion and full of adventure. It was brilliant to watch.

I will be fascinated to see how England fair in 4 years time.

Do you as clubs and schools maximise the expectation of home advantage?

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Use This Simple Method To Improve Every Practice

Iain Brunnschweiler knows his stuff. He is England Development Programme Coach and runs Inspired Cricket. What coach or player wouldn't want to pick his brains?

That's exactly what PitchVision Academy did recently. In frustration at seeing net sessions wasted, I turned to Brunchy for some advice, and his answer was so simple it shocked me.

Cricket Show S6 Episode 13: Coaching with Graham Gooch

Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe talk about the latest addition to PitchVision Academy: Graham Gooch. The team chat about the power of experience, the pillars of coaching batsmen an memories of Gooch as a runmaker.

Plus there are questions. The first covers the age old issue of trying to balance winning with making sure everyone gets a chance to play. As always, Garas has the incisive answer. The second talks about the problem of meeting the ball too early when you bat. Is it a timing issue or is there something else going on?

And, if you ever wanted to know what the Cricket Professional and Portsmouth Grammar School has for lunch, this is the show for you.


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: 2015-04-03