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The complete guide to cricket warm ups

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Why do you have to ensure you have a proper warm up before cricket matches and training?

  • Warming up increases your flexibility.
  • Warming up increases your power.
  • Warming up improves you coordination.
  • Warming up reduces the risk of injury.

A warmup is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make a difference to your cricket.

A Complete Warm-Up for Cricket

The warm-up can be split into two parts: General and cricket-specific. If you are warming up for general training (such as weight training or speed training) you can skip the cricket specific part. Otherwise do both.


Cricket Specific

  • 10-20 mins of skill exercises such as nets, running between the wickets or fielding drills. See my posts on cricket drills and running a net. It's important to maintain a good tempo through this time so as not to let your body cool back down again. Make sure you are always doing something. You can work as a team or in small groups but on a match day finish with a drill the whole team can participate in to build team spirit.
  • Up to 5 mins of a team meeting lead by the captain. The aim of this is to focus the mind on the task ahead and outline particular tactics.


If you want a more comprehensive guide to reducing injury risk and increasing cricket specific fitness, check out county strength coach Rob Ahmun's guide on PitchVision Academy.


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