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Winning after winning is a nice problem to have, but it's still a problem to solve! Get details this week.

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Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

How to Keep Rolling After a Big Cricket Win

On Saturday the team I coach won their game by 307 runs. Where do we go from here?

You see, easy as it seems, winning after winning is more difficult than you think.

It's easy to become complacent. You could assume you are going to win everything from now on because in the back of your mind you have reached the pinnacle of form.

Now is not the time to relax.

It's time to work even harder and smarter.

Reset your expectations

Most people relax a little after a big win. Graham Gooch - who scored over 8,000 Test runs for England - always did the opposite. The bigger runs he got, the harder he worked at nets.

He was right.

When you are in amazing form, feeling fit and swelling with confidence, capitalise on this rare moment.

Work on things to grow your game further now you don't have to worry about getting into form. If you scored a hundred, how do you make it 150 or more? If the team score 350, how do you make it 400?

Plan for the next game

Another mistake of the complacent is to assume every opponent are the same.

While it is true that if you strive to play your best, the opposition are irrelevant, it's also true that different teams pose different challenges. Never assume they will respond the same way as the last team.

So, once the big win is over, start thinking about the next team. What form are they in? Who are the danger players? What tactics are they likely to try? What is a historical winning score against them?

You may not make any changes to your plans from this, but it focuses the mind on the next game, rather than riding off the last too much.

Apply some pressure

In training, it's also a good time to practice under more pressure.

After an easy win, you could enjoy the lack of pressure. You might even get to like the feeling of winning easily so much you don't want to feel pressure. But, you will eventually come up against a team who do put you in trouble.

So be ready.

  • Do net scenario practice where the team have collapsed to 50-4, but you still need to score at five an over to win.
  • Do a throwing drill where you do 10 press ups then try and hit the stumps with 10 throws.
  • Get the bowlers to do a long warm up then, with heart rate up, try and hit a very small marker or face a consequence.
  • Have a net where "out means out".
  • Have a PV-BATEX session.

It's also a good time to have conversations about playing under pressure. Everyone is confident and more open to ideas about when times are tough.

Take the opportunity

Moments like these are rare in cricket, so take the chance to learn from them.

Most people train less or less hard. They say things like "the standard of cricket is too bad" and actually let the opposition get them down! Don't be that team.

Hold off arrogance and complacent by remembering this run will not last forever. Spend the purple patch getting even better and it will last longer and prepare you for bigger challenges to come.

Enjoy it!

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How the Jackson 5 Can Change Batting

Remember Josh, the little fella from last week who was working on hitting the ball harder with more control using a shallow rather than steep batswing?


We he has had a great week. Not only did Josh drive his way to 36 runs against Gloucestershire U14’s last weekend, he also helped himself to 10 wickets over the weekend with his nifty leggies.

Top work little man!

The batswing is a work in progress, Josh is coming on nicely and in order to add even more value to Josh’s front foot shots I wanted to look at the way that he transfers his weight into his front foot shots. Josh is only 40kg so its vitally important he utilises every gram of that weight into the back of the ball.

I went and stood at the side of Josh whilst he was facing some throw downs the other day, it was really interesting viewing and something that I see regularly in young players.

As he stepped forward, the back knee would bend and collapse towards the floor. The knock on effect was that his weight was pulled backwards at the time when he was trying to propel the ball forwards off of his bat.

Effectively, very little of that 40kg was actually transferring into the ball, his contact point in relation to his centre of mass was being compromised and this negatively impacted upon both his power production and his control.

We had some work to do, so I created a little game - I love a game to build technical self-awareness - using the Jackson 5 as my inspiration!

Set up:

  • Bowling machine or someone to throw accurate half volleys
  • Bowling machine set up on a comfortable speed for the batter. In this case we worked at 65 mph.
  • 20 balls.
  • PV/CAM camera set up to video the batter from point

The tagging system

A tag is a letter, colour, animal or number used to identify a feeling or response from a delivery. It has no value attached to it at all. It’s a recognition tag rather than an outcome value or rating.

I asked Josh to observe the role that his back leg plays in each front foot drive shot and use the definitions below as Tags:

  • Tag “A” was for a shot where his back knee bends significantly and touches the ground
  • Tag “B” was for a shot where his back knee bends but not as significantly as Tag “A”
  • Tag “C” was for a shot where his back leg remained straight at the completion of the shot

Josh had to shout out the associated letter directly after each shot had been played. I recorded the response on a white board up on the bowling machine stand. There would be no other communication until the round of 20 balls had been completed.

If you are interested in this method of coaching then check out the work of Timothy Gallwey, A magnificent Coach who taught myself and many others about a different way to teach technique.

So what did Josh learn by playing the game?

Josh hit seven A's in the round.

  • He noticed that his contact point was too far in front of him in 6 of the 7.
  • The other one was very full and he squeezed the ball between point and gully with an open face.
  • The shots tended to hit cover and mid-wicket.
  • The ball didn’t “spring” off of the bat as he would have liked.
  • Six balls travelled in the air for longer/wanted than he intended.

Josh hit four B's in the round.

  • 3 of his B contacts were made closer to his body. The other one was a “mental stuff-up” in his words.
  • The ball felt better off of the bat.
  • The balls tended to go straighter.
  • He felt in more control.

Josh hit nine C's in the round.

  • Five of them came in the last seven balls: A possible indicator that learning is taking place.
  • The ball “sprung” off of the bat face.
  • The ball generally went straighter, hitting the bowling machine and beating it on either side.
  • No balls were hit in the air. They all were struck into the floor.
  • Josh noticed that his chest was further forward in the shot when he reviewed his side on footage. His centre of mass (in grown up terms) had shifted forward.

Josh loved that 20 balls and we are now building that game into each session so he can groove it to death so his weight can transfer effectively into the ball in an automated fashion. This will help him to control his contacts and to generate power from his 40kg frame.

So where do the Jackson 5 come in I hear you say?

“A B C: weight transfer is easy as, 1 2 3”



But it helped Josh to learn a valuable lesson about batting which should stick with him for many years to come. That’s got to be a good thing in my book.

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