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Battingis 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.

Author Biography

Mark Davis played for Somerset between 1980 and 1987 and toured Zimbabwe with England 'A' in 1982. He joined Millfield School as head coach in 1996, and has overseen the development of countless county players and a few international players since. Sam Collins is a freelance cricket journalist and former editor of A former Kent Under-19 opening bowler, he captained Eton College in 2001.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Basicsp. 3
The set-upp. 3
The gripp. 3
The 'Vs' gripp. 4
The 'O' gripp. 5
The stancep. 6
The guardp. 11
Trigger movementp. 12
Back-liftp. 14
Equipmentp. 16
Choosing a batp. 16
Other equipmentp. 18
Running between the wicketsp. 19
Callingp. 19
Runningp. 20
Turning for twop. 21
Line and lengthp. 23
Termsp. 25
Long hopp. 25
Bouncerp. 25
Short of a lengthp. 25
Good lengthp. 25
Half-volleyp. 25
Yorkerp. 26
Full tossp. 26
Beamerp. 26
Shotsp. 29
Front-foot shotsp. 31
Forward defencep. 31
Drivesp. 36
Straight drivep. 36
On-drivep. 39
Cover or square drivep. 41
Back-foot shotsp. 44
Back-foot defencep. 45
Back-foot drivep. 47
The hookp. 50
Pull shotp. 56
Ducking and evasionp. 59
The square cutp. 61
Other shotsp. 64
Leg-glancep. 64
Back foot leg-glancep. 67
Late cutp. 69
Move down the wicket for lofted drivep. 71
Front foot press to spinp. 75
Sweep shotsp. 77
Orthodox sweepp. 77
Paddle sweepp. 82
Reverse sweepp. 84
Reverse paddlep. 87
Slog sweepp. 88
Other variation shotsp. 90
Switch-hitp. 90
The Marillierp. 93
The Dilscoopp. 94
The Advanced Stagesp. 97
Tacticsp. 97
Pre-match routinep. 97
Reading the pitchp. 98
Playing pacep. 99
Playing swing bowlingp. 102
Playing spinp. 104
Batting orderp. 107
Limited-Overs Battingp. 111
Introductionp. 111
Key points for batting in limited-oversp. 112
Batting in long-form (50-over) cricket)p. 112
Chasing down a totalp. 113
Twenty20p. 115
The Mental Side of Battingp. 117
Introductionp. 117
Coping with failurep. 117
Changing your thought processp. 119
Coping with successp. 120
Practice, Practice, Practicep. 123
Introductionp. 123
Planning your winter and summerp. 124
Net practicep. 124
The futurep. 125
Advice for coachesp. 126
Player and coach relationshipp. 126
Appendixp. 128
Modes of dismissalp. 128
Miscellaneousp. 129
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