Sunday, 2 December 2012
Friday, 3 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
- Time. All well executed trigger movement is able to buy you time. You are already halfway to playing a shot before the ball is out of the hand.
- Rhythm. If you move a little at the right moment your big movement shot becomes easier, almost like you have played a tiny practice shot first to get into the swing of things. Like a metronome ticking back and forth in perfect timing.
- Balance. A movement pre-delivery can get you onto the balls of your feet with your head over your toes. You are both ready to move but also stable and balanced.
- Loss of rhythm. Moving too early can upset that delicate metronome of rhythm that all good batsmen need.
- Less time. If you move too late and your head is not still when the ball is delivered it will feel as if the ball is on you much more quickly.
- Unbalanced. Getting caught off balance when the ball is bowled because you have moved incorrectly will limit your range of shots and timing drastically.
- Head still at the point of delivery
- Eyes level in your stance and at the point of delivery
- Back foot back and across towards off stump, transferring weight back onto the front foot as the ball is bowled.
- Front foot forward (not across).
- Widening your stance, back foot back, front foot forward.
- Taking a pace down the wicket
- Drink water at about 500ml per hour.
- Drink a sports drink at the same rate to replace lost electrolytes.
- Avoid drinking too much of anything to prevent diluting your electrolyte levels.
- Eat a banana for the potassium.
- Stretch every day and certainly after exercise or playing.
Friday, 13 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
There’s only one thing left to do, and that is charge him!
It's not as crazy as it sounds, read on.
Swing bowling is the downfall of many prolific batsman; and late swing is the most destructive weapon in a bowlers armoury.
Playing in an orthodox way you have no way to counteract the evils of the ball moving late and nicking off. Until you consider moving down the track.
I stumbled upon this technique when watching one of our senior players open the batting in conditions favourable to swing. The theory was that the pace was not an issue, but the lateness of the swing was what was causing him the most problems.
We have already noted that the hardest swing to play is when the delivery begins straight and then moves late; lulling the batsman into playing a false shot. So surely the best way to play late swing is to attempt to eradicate it completely?
He would advance 2 or 3 paces down the wicket and play the ball before the swing had chance to take effect.
This would allow him to play the ball with more confidence whilst allowing him the protection of distance from his stumps with regards to LBW.
Secondly, it also gave the impression to the fielding side that he was being very positive in his mind set and looking to take the attack to the bowler; all from simply trying to eradicate the late swing.
What do you think?
Is this madness or common sense? Leave a comment and let us know.
You’ve scored an unbeaten ton in your last 3 innings.
You’re batting well, you feel good and most importantly, you look good!
You can carry as much form as you like coming into your next game, but unless the opposition study and follow your scorecard closely, they are unlikely to know your recent success.
But, they can sense it. They know something special is coming out to bat when you walk out. It’s almost an aura.
First impressions count. You do it yourself to other batsmen.
Think about the “league legend” that everyone knows. We try to judge the mood he is in by his body language.
When he strides out with his bat over his shoulder, almost whistling a happy tune you steel yourself for a lot of leather chasing.
But what if you are not a league legend and you have not come off the back of several big scores. Can you still produce the same aura?
This is why you should begin to bat, before you’ve started your walk out to the middle.
By that I mean be conscious of your actions whilst waiting to bat; you are not invisible to the opposition or your team mates just because you aren’t on the field.
Now, I’m not saying act the big shot, you still have to be comfortable with yourself, but imagine the difference your attitude and manner has on your surrounding team mates and the opposition.
If the opposition see you giving off negativity and doubt they are more than likely to feel confident against you.
In your own style you need to give off a cool, controlled attitude to settle the rest of your team and give the message that the opposition are in for a grind.
Look to up the tempo by jogging out to the middle playing big shadow shots, sending out a message to the fielding side that they are in the firing line.
Sure, there is an element of “faking it until you make it” but you have to start somewhere. Why wait until you are 120 not out to give it a strut?
Right from the moment you arrive at the ground, be conscious of your visible signs of preparation and the effect they have on others.
Visible preparation will allow you to embrace the mind-set that you wish to achieve. You actions speak loudly.
- What is the average winning score batting 1st?
- What score guarantees you a win batting first?
- How many boundaries are scored per 20 overs?
- What number of boundaries per innings guarantee me a win?
- What is the scoring ball% that gives me a 80% chance of winning T20 on my ground?
- Which bowler types are most effective on my ground?