What muscles do you need to train to be able to bat more powerfully and with better timing?
I always thought I knew the answer to that question and could reel off a list of muscle groups involved in every shot. But now I'm happy to admit that I was wrong.
Hitting a ball with a cricket bat is not about what muscles you use and the strength of each individual muscle. It's about generating power through correct coordination and timing.
That's why as cricketers we need to train movements, not muscles: It's the most accurate way to reflect sports performance.
When you translate this into designing an exercise plan it means focussing your attention on exercises that are the most functional for your needs. For example. if you want more power then do whole body power exercises with weights, weighted bats/balls or a medicine ball.
Train the movements and the muscles in playing shots look after themselves.
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