Good cricketers are strong.
They may not look like big chested hulks (although some like Kallis, Flintoff and Irfan Pathan come close) but to bowl quick, put revs on the ball or hit the ball hard you need to have strength.
If you had to put cricket into one word, what would you choose? Some say it's about angles. Others talk about hand-eye coordination, or athleticism. All those things are important but I would choose a different word.
I got this email from a reader recently: "I have read your articles on staying calm and relaxed at the crease but they don't seem to work. I have the ability but completely lack confidence in the middle. Please help!"
We are delighted to announce that Michael Bevan's online coaching courses Finisher are now open for enrolees.
As you know, a few weeks ago we announced the "Finisher" was revealing his methods in his first ever online coaching courses.
You are not alone. Everyone who has played cricket wonders how good they really are. Some people take that wonder and run with it. Doing everything right to give themselves the best chance of success. Others take that wonder and think they are doing things right.
Fast bowling is complex. It's impossible to break it down to one part; but a crucially important part for power - and therefore speed - is your hips. Your hips are the powerhouse of the bowling action.
After the recent article from Mark Garaway on standing up drills, I felt inspired to do some work with my wicketkeepers on standing up to seamers. We duly set up a drill with a bowling machine to work on leg side takes.
There is simple shorthand for what defines a good coach: reputation is everything. We look at a player's first-class or international record and that helps us decide if we should follow his advice.
But you wouldn't go to the dentist if you had a broken leg. So why go to a former player to fix your broken technique?
Cricket is a game of inches. Imagine playing in an Academy trial game when you push a ball to cover and set off on a risky single. It's on, but only if you can get up to top speed in a couple of strides.
Using technology to improve your cricket isn't always about spending a lot of money. Sometimes you can get excellent results without a large investment upfront.
But you have to be careful too. There are many products on the market making big claims. Not all of them are as good as they make out. So here are 5 of my top picks for technology that you can pick up cheaply and make a difference to your game.
A lot of people say that to be a professional cricketer you need that special indefinable "x-factor". Itâ€™s a magical trait that you either have, or not. If you donâ€™t have it you will never get it. This is lazy thinking.
Even after all your practice, you are not searing the ball down to the other end and scaring opposition batsmen.
In times like this it's often the case that you are better off learning what NOT to do. So with that in mind, here are the 5 most common mistakes fast bowlers make when learning the art:
You have heard the advice about how to become a cricketer. Get into a good Academy and the top quality coaching will send your game to the next level.
Whether you are in Delhi, Manchester or Sydney, the word "Academy" is shorthand for "excellence" and "success". But how do you get in there in the first place?