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This newsletter is packed with tips and tricks. From the latest research into fast bowling from Max Andrews through to Steve Waugh's greatest innings.

There are also ways to adapt to a new country and make a new team mate feel welcome.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Latest Research in Bowling Faster

Max Andrews talks us through the latest research into fast bowling actions for increased pace and reduced injury.

What is "ground up" bowling, and how can it help you improve your bowling?


Elite athletes and, more specifically, cricket bowlers generate their energy from the ground and then transfer it up the kinetic chain, through the movement of the bowling action. This is where the term "ground up" originates.

One of the largest studies - presented at the 6th World Congress on Biomechanics in Singapore - validated this method as a way of reducing the risk of injury and enhancing bowling speed.

"Significant correlation were observed between ball release speed and all three technique parameters: run-up speed; front leg plant angle; and normalised ball release height. A quicker run-up and a larger plant angle (leg extended further out in front) were both linked to increased release speed."

The conventional wisdom has linked these elements to injuries in bowlers. However, studies have shown that, during front foot landing and ball release, high impulse, created at the ground increased injury prevention. It is these studies that really drive home the benefits of the ground up approach.

Increased run-up speed of elite bowlers illustrates a direct relationship to increased ball speeds. The run-up affects the rest of the bowling action. A faster run-up creates more linear momentum, which assists the bowler in aligning their body when they reach back foot landing.

Larger plant angle of the front leg at contact allows greater ground reaction forces, These are able to assist in the transfer of the linear momentum, from the run-up, into angular momentum of the upper extremities, and improve velocity.

By lowering the bowler’s centre of gravity moving into front foot landing, you can increase your plant angle, and more efficiently transfer energy (and speed) into the ball.

By aligning the force vector in the front leg in a linear direction it will increase the plant angle, but it will also lower the ball release. The lowered ball release is suggested to be a consequence of preceding movements in the bowling action.

By bowlers aligning themselves in a position to transfer their linear momentum into back foot strike, they can then convert the drive forces of the back leg into a stabilised front leg. If they land with a large plant angle at front foot contact it can then be converted into the angular momentum of the upper extremities when extended.

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Make New Team Mates Welcome with These Tips

When a new player comes to your cricket team, it's important to break down the barriers.


Even the most confident newbie will naturally feel uncomfortable and nervous. As much as they will try to get involved, they will only ever get as involved as the current team allows them to be. It is just as important you feel comfortable around them, as it is them feeling comfortable around you.

There are a few ways that you can break the barriers down instantly.

First, introduce yourself. Walk over say hello, shake their hand and welcome them to the club. Make sure that you don't come across over-friendly to the point where the new player may feel that things are being pushed upon them and forced.

Ask simple questions; How long did it take to get there? Do they have a family? What football team do they support? These are all questions that can break the ice easily. This makes it easy to get the conversation flowing. By which time you will find others have introduced themselves and the conversation is becoming larger, making the new player feel welcome.

Make sure they don't feel either under the microscope or left out. If you suddenly asked the new player to pad up first they could get extremely nervous and uncomfortable. It will feel like the only reason that you have asked them is so they can test you, put you through your paces and see what you're like.

Don't, however, leave them until very last because this will have the opposite effect and make them feel as though they have been forgotten and you are not interested. They may even feel the team is a closed shop.

Batting them somewhere in the middle and not judging them on one session is certainly the best way to go.

Communication after the session is also key, especially during the season, as selection will be on the cards. Be honest as to where they are going to play, but make sure it doesn't sound pigeon holed.

These things are simple to do but can feel a little awkward with someone new. Take time to do it though, because if a new player feels welcome you will get the most and best from them. And that's what we all want!

About the Author: Jordan Finney is a cricket coach and sport psychology degree student.

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Cricket Show S7 Episode 39: Take Your Chances

David HInchliffe, Sam Lavery and Mark Garaway talk cricket. Garas has worked with them all and brings his experience to discussing the "chances" stat that has done the round this week.

Then the team get into talking about the importance of hand-eye coordination and how to train it. With that sorted they move on to helping a bowler add 20kph to his bowling in a month. Can it be done? Listen to find out.


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How to Adapt to Conditions in a New Cricket Country

Jordan Finney has played and coached all over the world. Here are his tips on adapting to new conditions.

Have you ever wondered what is meant by “adapting to conditions” in different countries?

Use This Practice to Get Closer to Steve Waugh's Best Innings

Steve Waugh spoke to me once about his greatest ever Test Match innings.


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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