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Loads of content for all-round cricketers this week. Plus a deep dive into playing the shotr ball from Mark Garaway and a special Christmas offer.

Have a great weekend,

David Hinchliffe

Get the Best from Yourself as an All Round Cricketer

It’s hard being an all-rounder.


You’re expected to be a cricket legend: bat long, take wickets, keep the opposition total down and probably be one of the best fielders too. The physical burden is matched and exceed by the mental one.

Even the roughest, toughest, most proud and determined of cricketers need to prevent themselves from burning out. Whether you are a batsman who bowls, a bowler who bats or someone who is equally talented in every skill set, it’s time to get focused.

Genuine all rounder

If you can score hundred and take five-fers you are undoubtedly a star in your team. That said, it’s also very difficult to be consistent with bat and ball for long periods.

It can be as frustrating as filled with glory.

To be more consistent, be more self-aware than your team mates. You have to have a feeling for when you are locked into a long innings and take advantage. On those days when you bat long you will be more useful as a holding bowler rather than the match winner.

On the other hand, you have to know when you are fired up to run through the opposition with the ball. Perhaps your batting will be equally thunderous that day so you are happy to hit out earlier.

Either way, don’t try to do it all.

The best all rounder I ever saw in club cricket is a good example. Despite being easily the best batsman, he didn’t want to bat above four. Despite being easily the best fast bowler in the league, let alone the team, he only opened the bowling in one game, preferring first or second drop.

He knew his role. He could adapt to the situation but he never strayed far from keeping enough in the tank to make a difference. If that meant batting a little slower to be sure the team passed 200 before hitting out, he did it. If it meant taking the ball to get the last wicket, he did it.

Know your limits, even if you are the star.

Batting all rounder

If you are mainly a batsman but can give your captain a few overs you are in a strong position. The days you fail with bat give you a second bite with ball, without any weight of expectation.

Nevertheless, get into your bowling. Work out your best tactical approach. Get enough control that you can put it into action. Use net time to work with your top order pals as peers rather than thinking of yourself as a net bowler who might as well turn an arm over.

Like the genuine all rounder, it’s easy to slip into apathy. You think you will make up a batting failure with the ball and end up doing neither well. That’s an error. You are a batsman first.

Still consider batting your only role. Practice with purpose and focus.

Just sneak in some bowling in the non-batting moments, knowing your limits and building a strength or two.

Bowling all rounder

The bowler who bats is similar to the batter who bowls. There is less expectation on your minor skill. You are batting at seven or eight. Six if you’re lucky, nine if you’re unlucky.

You’re limited in your batting. The trick is to know your limits. Maybe your big hitting makes you ideal for the death but weak in the early overs with all that extra time. Perhaps you have a solid technique and some reliable shots but have never played a long innings because you bat nine behind other equally talented bowling all rounders.

Knowing this, you can find your niche with the bat and spend your time building it up.

Let’s face it, you can’t bowl for two hours at nets, so make some downtime as a way to get that batting game sorted. You don’t need every shot, just a reliable game plan and a role the captain trusts you doing.

Focus is the key

Whatever your balance of skills, the overall message is to focus.

  • Develop your strengths so you can fill your role in the team.
  • Don’t worry about your weaker areas, try to avoid needing to use them.
  • Be mindful of your limits, push against them to improve but be realistic about what you can achieve.
  • Have fun, all-rounder is a great position!

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Coach of the Month: Justin Sammons

Justin Sammons has been voted Coach of the Month.

The South African coach was recently appointed Batting Coach at the Highveld Lions franchise. But it's his dedication to his craft that made him the best candidate in the eyes of the panel.

Justin's coaching journey started as an overseas professional in The Netherlands. He was in Europe to play, but he soon realised he was enjoying his time coaching young players as much as playing.

With this new found passion, he got qualified and picked up a role teaching cricket in a Johannesburg school. He coached in schools for a few years while also building up a reputation for working well with local pro cricketers.

It was in this time that Justin learned the art of coaching. His philosophy is to show how much he knows by showing how much he cares. He gets to know those he coaches. He commits to helping them and works hard to deliver exceptional sessions whatever the level of player.

He told the panel that this passion to help people be their best can be fulfilled with great communication. The style may differ but the basic idea of a clear message delivered with care is always the same.

It's no wonder Justin was picked to coach batting at Highveld Lions. He had learned the art of building great relationships ans building trust. That way, when he offered his technical and tactical ideas, the players were open to listen, try and succeed.

The panel finalised Coach of the Month when Justin said "The best part of being a coach is getting to know people and seeing their improvement. I know I have helped when I see someone reach their potential."

Congratulations to Justin Sammons for winning Coach of the Month.

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Christmas Sale: Save 40% on PV/ONE Until December 25

PitchVision Smart Net Technology is available at its lowest ever price in the Christmas Sale.

If you have ever thought about how video analysis and smart-nets can give your cricket team the edge, now is the time to act and get your order in for PV/ONE.

As you know, PV/ONE is the technology that transforms any net into a cricket performance-booster. The system has been designed to help you play and coach better cricket. Every ball is captured on video and tracked with pitch maps, bowling crease position, bounce and pace.

Having a old style “hit”, or “rolling your arm over” instantly becomes a thing of the past. You can see quickly and efficiently exactly what is happening in a thousand more interesting ways than hoping you remember. Think about the implications of having access to that breadth and depth of information about your game on hand. Guesswork and memory is gone. Knowledge is power and performance goes up.

When you buy PV/ONE you have this information at your fingertips. You start to wonder how you managed without it. When you go back to an ordinary net you get the same feeling to going back to an old phone after using a smart phone: Cut off, missing out and anxious you are out of touch.

With PV/ONE you are engaged with your training: Each player has their own profile where every delivery is available automatically. These can be viewed online or through the free PitchVision mobile app. The system itself all fits into two wheelie bags. All powered from one laptop the system can be used on any cricket playing surface and takes 10 minutes to set up.

Batting or bowling, when you buy P/ONE you can't fail to improve.

The best part is there is over 40%* off on your order until December 25th 2017.

This offer is valid for UK & India customers only.

For more details, contact:

  • Neil Fairbairn - neil.fairbairn@pitchvision.com (UK)
  • Shantanu Sah - shantanu.sah@pitchvision.com (INDIA)

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Good Training for All Rounders is Just Good Cricket Training

You’re not as special as you think.

You might be a gun bat, bucket hands and strike bowler. Congratulations! Now get back to work on your cricket like everyone else.

I joke a little. We would all love to be three dimensional cricketers. True all rounders are always envied. That said, there is truth in the idea that you don’t need any special training. You just need to keep nailing those basics.

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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: 491
Date: 2017-12-15