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Another week, another amazing newsletter! This one has only gone and got England hero Jimmy Anderson!

The fast bowler is about to reveal his secrets in the latest online coaching course from PitchVision Academy. You can find out all the details, and get a sneak peak here. The course launches on St. Georges Day. How apt.

As if that wasn't enough, there is also some cracking coaching from Mark Garaway about using games to inspire solutions, Monty Desai's batting drill and simple way to boost your game with a pen and paper.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Video Coaching from One of England's All Time Wicket Takers

PitchVision Academy are delighted to announce JIMMY613, the video-based coaching guide from English swing bowling hero, Jimmy Anderson.

Click here for full details.

In the online course, you'll find the most comprehensive guide to fast bowling available.

We are delighted that Jimmy has chosen to let PitchVision see how he has become such a high class and long lasting bowler. Now you can join the ride.

On the course,

  • There are 80 minutes of video footage that constitutes the most comprehensive analysis of fast bowling available.
  • Jimmy demystifies the fitness secrets of the modern player.
  • Ian Ward gets Jimmy to demonstrate masterclass skills: Outswing, Inswing, Wobble Ball, Bouncer, Reverse Swing, Yorker, Slower Ball and Left Handers.
  • There is analysis of field settings and line and length bowling.
  • Jimmy provides special tips for junior and club level bowlers that can be used in your next game.

And it doesn't end there. Check out some of Jimmy's looks on and off the pitch, and go behind the scenes with Jimmy on a photo shoot and on the production of his limited edition T-shirt. Check out a mini video serialisation of extracts from his book. See Jimmy answer nine cricketing and fun questions asked by followers.

We are delighted that Jimmy has chosen to let PitchVision see how he has become such a high class and long lasting bowler. Now you can join the ride, and ride on his tips.

The course is available on 23rd April.

Find more details at Jimmy Anderson's exclusive page here on PitchVision Academy.

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Batting Drill: Picking Length

In this exclusive video, IPL Talent Scout and Academy coach, Monty Desai has a drill to help young players work on picking length without premeditating.

In the video you will see him work with a player who makes a small technical error, and then corrects it through some focused work.

You can view the video here:


(If you can't see above, then click here.)

If you liked the video, make sure and see the rest of the coaching advice from Monty Desai in his online course, How to Become A Cricketer.

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How to Use Matches to Inspire Awesome Cricket Solutions

It's been an exceptional start.

Millfield School started the cricket season this week with two unbeaten Festival wins in the Under 15's and Meyers XI (U18's). We have seen lots of evidence of the winter work paying dividends. A number of players have hit personal best scores or wicket hauls.

However, the rigours of match play exposed a couple of glaring holes in the U15s bowling attack from both a mental and tactical perspective. This forced Steve Wilson (Assistant Coach) and me to think on our feet.

In the first game of the festival, our bowling attack conceded 22 wides in only 50 overs.


Incidentally, the opposition leaked 30 wides as we chased down 239 with overs to spare.

The lads bowling actions are basically sound. This was not the problem. So what caused the huge number of wides?

The art of great cricket coaching: Another set of eyes

Steve is a great assistant coach. He noted the bowlers were getting to the end of their marks, turning very quickly and bowling.

We started to chat through Geoff Lawson's mantra,

"Review the previous ball. Picture the ball in your head that you want to bowl. Check that the field setting matches that ball. Commit!"

We obviously couldn't tell if this process was happening cognitively as we don't have MRI scanners. Yet there was no physical sign of a process being in place at all. This inspired the following day's team talk.

Using the team talk: My own bowling story

I was a wicket keeper in professional cricket, most people know that. Yet in club cricket I bowled seam. I wasn't the best - too short to be a problem to anyone really good - but I swung the ball at decent pace and thought clearly about what I was trying to do. 500 club wickets isn't bad for keeper.

I told a story to the players about how I would use the walk back to my mark to review and choose the next ball that I was going to bowl. Before I turned at my bowling mark I would have a quick check to see if the field supported my next intended delivery. I would place the ball in my hand and then visualise that ball in my head again before committing to that delivery with everything I had left in my body.

I asked if anyone used their walk back in the same way.

I was met with blank expressions and people gasping for words as they tried to answered my question.

Have you ever asked your players that question?

What would they say?

Bowling preparation to deal with the challenge

The bowlers then went out to the middle to bowl through to the keeper or a catching mit. Steve encouraged each bowler to build a process similar to mine into their walk back and turn. They started to practice with focus and purpose.

So, on Day 2, Millfield U15s restricted the opposition to 162 in 50 overs. The bowlers gave away only 8 wides. They had the same bowling actions as the previous day. They now had a mental process.

On Day 3 we bowled the opposition out for 118, conceding only 3 wides.

Same bowlers, same actions. But now with a process and strategy.

Now, there is no guarantee that this process won't slip at some point in the coming weeks. It's up to us players and coaches to keep practising with purpose and executing in games.

Millfield's bowlers reacted well to this strategy. It could work for you too. Give it a go!

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Keep a Training Log to Improve Your Cricket

We often say cricket is a mental game.

We often say measured training breeds success.

One perfect tool to handle these things is a training log.

Cricket Show S6 Episode 15: Overcoming the Fear

We all have a had a fear of the ball at some stage, yet it's rarely discussed. So on the show Sam Lavery Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe get into the hidden fears.

Plus there are questions about trigger moves and back foot play, and how to judge the difference between doing work that you like and doing drills that challenge you out of your comfort zone. It's a delicate balance but the team have the answers.

Listen in to find out.


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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Issue: 355
Date: 2015-04-17