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Everyone thinks they know the perfect line and length, but do the facts bear out our assumptions?

In this newsletter, we examine some data about where the ball lands and what happens next. You might be surprised by what you see!

Plus, we turn target zones around and use them to help batsmen, help you warm up and get more tips from Iain Brunnschweiler on coaching players with lots of coaches.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Video: Are You Bowling the Wrong Length?

Are you bowling the wrong line and length? This video shows a spinner who can change his target area and instantly get more wickets for fewer runs. Could you do the same?

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Improve Your Batting Shot Selection by Knowing Your Zones

This is a guest article from Fish Hoek Cricket Club Head Coach, Jamie Rood

We’ve all heard it before: A wild selection of meaningless shots played during a net simply because there is no consequence, resulting in the coach shouting from 25 yards away,

"What’s your game plan?"


Constructing a mental map of how to approach an innings is crucial in your batting success. Combining this map into a visual picture on the wicket is a fantastic method of identifying our shot options on various different pitches, against different bowlers and during contrasting match situations.

We all understand that line and length dictates shot selections, but knowing how these zones change assists us to make the correct decisions.

Scoring zones help shot selection

Let's take an example.

You walk in at number five with the score at 20-3 on a green top and the ball still swinging. Usually this requires a careful rebuilding approach, and you decide to play this way.

In this situation, the bowler currently has a large "zone" in which they can bowl without the batsman looking to score. That means, the your scoring zone is extremely small (the red zone is danger area, the green zone is scoring area):

However, as you get more accustomed to the bowler and pitch is playing, they are able to increase the size of their zone with which they can play their shots. Suddenly, deliveries which were initially being left or defended are hit for a boundary. The scoring has become larger, and the bowler’s margin for error has decreased.

Eventually, you get so good you can hit almost everything to the boundary. You say you are "seeing it like a football". This is where the zone is so large that wherever the ball pitches, it is going the distance.Your zones now look like this:

Creating and adjusting this visual map - based on the situation - means you have a game plan across every scenario.

Jamie Rood is Head Coach at Fish Hoek Cricket Club in Cape Town, South Africa and a Senior Coach at All Rounder Cricket Academy. He has coached high level players across the world's three major cricketing nations in the last 4 years.

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Cricket Show S7 Episode 9: The Gear Barrier

Mark Garaway, Sam Lavery and David Hinchliffe get together to discuss cricket coaching and advice. There is a discussion on the idea of less equipment to help build player-coach relationships.

Plus, coaching questions are answered on playing yorkers and the best style of batting for a State U19 player.

Listen in for the details.


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Warm Up to Throw (Part Two)

Part two of the “warm up to throw” programme is weighted ball work.

How to Coach Cricketers Who Have Loads of Coaches

Iain Brunnschweiler is England Development Programme Coach, and founder of Inspired Cricket

These days it seems like every player has a dozen coaches; teachers, club, rep level, school and parents are all chipping in to help.

Who do they listen to?


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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