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Batting

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Batting is a one-stop shop for all cricket coaches, teachers and players looking for ways to improve batting play. It sets out coaching advice in clear, jargon-free language, with plenty of photographs to add further explanation. Content includes:

  • The basics, e.g. getting a good position, the grip
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Overview

Batting is a one-stop shop for all cricket coaches, teachers and players looking for ways to improve batting play. It sets out coaching advice in clear, jargon-free language, with plenty of photographs to add further explanation. Content includes:

  • The basics, e.g. getting a good position, the grip
  • Technique for each shot with step-by-step illustrated instructions
  • Training drills to improve each skill
  • Common problems - and how to fix them
  • Tactics, e.g. when to use which shot, when to attack or to consolidate
  • Advanced play, e.g. the more difficult techniques such as the reverse sweep or the switch hit

The book also includes examples of players, past and present, who are renowned for their expertise in certain techniques, as well as words of advice from the legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408146545
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Davis

Mark Davis is Head Coach at the specialist cricket school, Millfield, and a former professional cricketer. Sam Collins is a cricket writer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Basics 3

The set-up 3

The grip 3

The 'Vs' grip 4

The 'O' grip 5

The stance 6

The guard 11

Trigger movement 12

Back-lift 14

Equipment 16

Choosing a bat 16

Other equipment 18

Running between the wickets 19

Calling 19

Running 20

Turning for two 21

Line and length 23

Terms 25

Long hop 25

Bouncer 25

Short of a length 25

Good length 25

Half-volley 25

Yorker 26

Full toss 26

Beamer 26

Chapter 2 Shots 29

Front-foot shots 31

Forward defence 31

Drives 36

Straight drive 36

On-drive 39

Cover or square drive 41

Back-foot shots 44

Back-foot defence 45

Back-foot drive 47

The hook 50

Pull shot 56

Ducking and evasion 59

The square cut 61

Other shots 64

Leg-glance 64

Back foot leg-glance 67

Late cut 69

Move down the wicket for lofted drive 71

Front foot press to spin 75

Sweep shots 77

Orthodox sweep 77

Paddle sweep 82

Reverse sweep 84

Reverse paddle 87

Slog sweep 88

Other variation shots 90

Switch-hit 90

The Marillier 93

The Dilscoop 94

Chapter 3 The Advanced Stages 97

Tactics 97

Pre-match routine 97

Reading the pitch 98

Playing pace 99

Playing swing bowling 102

Playing spin 104

Batting order 107

Chapter 4 Limited-Overs Batting 111

Introduction 111

Key points for batting in limited-overs 112

Batting in long-form (50-over) cricket) 112

Chasing down a total 113

Twenty20 115

Chapter 5 The Mental Side of Batting 117

Introduction 117

Coping with failure 117

Changing your thought process 119

Coping with success 120

Chapter 6 Practice, Practice, Practice 123

Introduction 123

Planning your winter and summer 124

Net practice 124

The future 125

Advice for coaches 126

Player and coach relationship 126

Appendix 128

Modes of dismissal 128

Miscellaneous 129

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