Pitchvision Academy


The last newsletter of the year is filled with reflections on 2016 (which is good because reflection is vital to action).

For you tips junkies, we also find time to squeeze in two new articles, one on taking wickets and the other on stopping a losing streak.

Have a great weekend and 2017!

David Hinchliffe

Stories and Stats: PitchVision's Cricket Coaching Review of the Year

This year has been PitchVision’s biggest for cricket coaching. Here are the greatest hits.


Never has a year been more filled with content. Never has that content been better researched and taken from the minds of cutting edge coaches and players. Never have both you, dear reader, and us, the writers and video makers, have learned more.

It’s been a true winning year.

The advice has been wide ranging as always, yet two themes keep returning: Stories and stats.

Stories: The new cricket mindset

The biggest lesson from this year has been a fresh look at the stories we tell ourselves. Call it mindset, call it mental toughness, call it sport psychology; whatever you call it, it’s a proven way to bowl, bat and field better.

Mark Garaway saw hundreds scored thanks to a growth mindset and batting consistency in general was improved. There was also more accurate bowling, players with improved technique and greater teamwork.

So what is this mindset?

It starts by looking at the reasons you play cricket. Then you can build up a system for improving your cricket through hard work, determination, honest feedback and embracing failure.

It also builds in a theme of last year: review.

Stats: The new technique

Data and statistics came to the fore this year, as we proved that “Moneyball” tactics are not just for the elite and more important than technique!

We used stats to improve spin bowlers, and bowling accuracy.

There were several ways to use video analysis to improve technique.

Case studies took real data from real cricket matches and showed you how to apply it to your team.

Plus real analysis was done on practice sessions and drills were developed for things like strike rotation and working out the right length to take wickets.

Don’t forget drills

Naturally, we had plenty of drills to go with these bigger themes. Here are a few to get your teeth into:

And for the fielding drill junkies,

And really, these highlights only scratch the surface. There’s even more more technique, tactics, skills, drills and ideas coming next year. Don’t miss out, subscribe to the newsletter and join the conversation as we play even better!

Discuss this article with other subscribers

Mark Garaway: My Highlights and Things I Have Learnt in 2016

2016 was one of my fondest coaching years to date.


I have travelled the world with my job, seen some of teams and individuals who I’m lucky enough to work with achieve some great things and have learnt a lot from listening and watching some great coaches in action.

Here is my number 10 to number 6 highlights from 2016:

10. The Millfield Cricket Bubble being flattened.

This might not sound like a highlight. But I took the attitude that not having the Bubble could create more opportunities for the coaching staff to come up with some innovative drills and methods to help players to develop at an accelerated rate.

The coaching staff really came up trumps with innovations on the pool shelf, the outdoor tennis centres and any space that we could find to work on. Training attitudes in the players became more robust, there was no moaning when we were fielding in –1c(!) conditions or batting on frozen Astro pitches. I was so impressed with the players just getting on with it.

I’m convinced that the toughened attitudes and innovative practice methods led to an outstanding summer of results on the field.

9. Carlos Braithwaite

England left the West Indies 19 to win off the last over of the World T20 Final. Most people’s money was on England to come out on top. Carols Braithwaite had other ideas!

4 balls later, West Indies had won, Ben Stokes had his head in his hands and I was surrounded by jubilant St Lucians at my resort in the West Indies. It was a painful day on the beach! What incredible critical moment controlfrom Braithwaite. When I spoke with his long time coach only a few weeks later, he confirmed to me that when Carlos was young, he relished the opportunity to be the man to change the course of a match in a single handed fashion.

Apparently, he had done similar things on a number of occasions in his cricketing life from youth player to T20 legend. Critical moment control is a skill that few have. It comes down to your attitude towards challenge. Do you want to take that challenge on and back your skills. What ball striking under pressure…quite incredible.

8. Leadership in spades

I was sitting with Andrew Strauss, the Managing Director of England Cricket as Braithwaite hit that final 6 to secure victory. We were on a coaching holiday together in St Lucia at the time and watching the match on a big screen at the bar. Strauss out his head in his hands but after a couple of sips on a beer he started to write an email to Coach, Trevor Bayliss, his support staff and England T20 captain, Eion Morgan.

I won’t tell you what he wrote specifically but the class of the man came through in what he wrote. His email was very calm, congratulated the team on their performance in the World Event and most crucially projected the importance of learning from playing in a World Final as England are aiming to be in the next 2 ICC Finals on home soil with the 2017 ICC Champions trophy and the 2019 World Cup.

Strauss is an exceptional leader. He just understands what to say and when to say it. When England win one or maybe both of the ICC Finals in the years to come as much as he won’t be taking any credit, the vision for England’s surge up the white ball rankings hails from one mans head.

7. Sam Young’s Bunbury Brilliance

Sam Young was Millfield’s only participant at the 2016 ECB Bunbury U15 Regional Festival. It’s a fantastic talent ID week and most of England’s Test and white ball cricketers have performed at their own Bunbury Festival. Sam certainly didn’t disappoint scoring a fantastic 42 on the opening day and then hitting the top score of the week (123) on Day 2 against the South East Region.

Sam’s Ball striking was out of this world and his ability to play spin has separated him from his peers. It’s been great to see him develop over the last 4 years and he thoroughly deserved to win the Batter of the Week award. Sam topped this with selection for the ECB/Bunbury U16 Squad to tour Sri Lanka at Easter.

6. Fin Trenouth breaks the ECB batting record.

Fin Trenouth joined Millfield in September 2015. A precocious talent who somehow found himself outside of the conventional ECB Academy pathway. Fin worked incredibly hard through the year on his technique and fitness and looked like a quality player as the school year ended at the start of July.

His performances in the ECB U17 County Championships in 2016 smashed all previous records. His 862 runs at 86.2 put him over 100 runs ahead of the next best batter. Fin scored 332* for Somerset vs Hampshire which is an incredible effort. Fin was 140* overnight when he emailed me. I told him to make it a proper ‘Daddy Hundred’ the next day so was chuffed to bits when the Hampshire, yes Hampshire coach, called me to tell me that Fin had just past 300 and was still going!

Fin ended up with an Academy contract and played a number of County 2nd XI games last summer. A great year for Fin.

Discuss this article with other subscribers

Cricket Show S7 Episode 48: What We Learned in 2016

Sam Lavery, Mark Garaway and David Hinchliffe roundtable coaching and playing cricket. The chat starts by talking about what was learned in 2016 (still time for anything else?). Then the team move on to talking about the sweep shot - when to play it - and facing slow, seam bowling. It's harder than you think!

Listen in for the tips, tricks and stories.


How to Send in Your Questions

If you want to win a cricket coaching prize, you need to send in your burning questions to the show. If your question is the best one we give you a free online cricket coaching course!

Send in your questions via:

Or you can call and leave your question on the Academy voice mail:

  • +44 (0)203 239 7543
  • +61 (02) 8005 7925

How to Listen to the Show

Just click the "play" button at the top of the show notes.

Or, the show comes out every Friday and you can listen to it on your phone or tablet every week automatically. Simply choose your favourite podcast player and do a search for the show:

Or subscribe manually with the RSS feed. Right click here, copy the link and paste it into the appropriate place for adding new feeds in your podcast subscription software or RSS reader.

You can also download this show onto your computer by clicking the play button at the top of the article, or clicking on the mp3 to download.


Discuss this article with other subscribers

The Only Four Reasons You Lose Cricket Matches (and How to Stop Losing)

We have all been there, sitting in the changing room, despondent and angry at losing the match.

How to Take a Five Wicket Haul

Batsmen plan out their hundreds in meticulous detail, but when was the last time you saw a bowler plan a five wicket haul?

For a five-fer can be planned too.


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.


Want Coaching?

Send to a Friend

Do you have a friend or team mate who would be interested in this newsletter? Just hit "forward" in your email program and send it on.

If you received this email from a friend and would like to get subsequent issues, you can subscribe here.


PitchVision Academy

irresistable force vs. immovable object

Thank you for subscribing to PitchVision Academy.
Read more at www.pitchvision.com


To unsubscribe eMail us with the subject "UNSUBSCRIBE (your email)"
Issue: 443
Date: 2016-12-30