ADVICE and TIPS from your COACHES
 
PHIL ROWLEY

Batting Tip No.1.

The object of your attention is the ball, watch the cricket ball as if you have put a laser beam on it ... don't look for the ball ... watch it and remind yourself to watch it.

As the bowler enters the crease put your laser beam focus on the ball in the bowle'rs hand, from there you will track it all the way.

Cricket Batting Tip No.2.

Set your head slightly forward in your stance and set your Positive Intent to score. Head forward and still.

Batting is about Intent, the goal is to score runs off each ball.

The only decision you have is to not score.

You want your energy going to the ball.

Cricket Batting Tip No.3.

Look at space, not at the fielders.

Look at space on the field and become aware of areas that you can score runs in.

Cricket Batting Tip No.4.

The journey to a hundred runs is taken one ball at a time.

Set small goals.

Manage your innings.

Be fully present with each ball.

Cricket Batting Tip No.5.

Know how to get off-strike

Know where your singles and rotation areas are so that you can get off strike easily and effectively.

Practice this in the nets, over and over.

Cricket Batting Tip No.6.

Play to your strengths

If you are a ...

Front foot player... play to it

Back foot player ... play to it.

Cricket Batting Tip No.7.

Loss of form

If you have a dip in form, stay calm, go back to basics.

In practice, get someone to throw to your favourite shot so that you can get the feel of playing your number one stroke.

Practice hitting it till you are executing it really well.

Cricket Batting Tip No.8.

KISS - Keep It Simple Sid !

Remember that the goal is to score runs, the goal is not to get caught up in analyzing your batting technique.

Cricket Batting Tip No.9.

Small errors can creep into your game from poor body position in the crease.

Check your Set Up: Grip, Stance and Batswing

Check to make sure you are sideways on, you are balanced and that your head is forward.

Check your grip and that you can swing easy through the line of the ball.

Practice your bat swing, visualize your favourite shots, practice shadow batting with a smooth easy swing.

Cricket Batting Tip No.10.

Manage your energy at the crease, have a 'relax - refocus' routine so that you conserve your mental energy for batting.

Step back between balls, breathe easy into your belly, let your focus go soft, clear your mind ... then come back, mark your guard and reset your focus and intent for the next ball.

 

NEIL SELLERS
Watch the Ball, Eat your greens, Watch the Ball, Finish your homework on time, Watch the Ball
 
and Watch the ball
ANDY KNOWLES