What went wrong at Wirral CC? First game of the season and bowled out for three: eight men bowled or LBW tells you a story. It was all in their heads. Teams rarely get bowled out; they bowl themselves out.
Can you really use a bouncer if you are a medium pace club bowler? As long as you can get a ball up to chest height you are in the game, even if you are not Brett Lee. This is because the batsman can't get over the ball.
This year is going to be different. You are not going to waste your valuable net time by "having a hit" and "rolling your arm over". You are intent on practising with purpose because even at club level, the better you practice, the better you play.
Most of us know what to do with a technical issue: Get in the nets and fix it. We also know that to get fit you train with cricket specific fitness work. But what if you want to improve the mental side of your game?
Picture the typical fast bowler personality. You are probably thinking of an angry, red-faced man with a face full of bristling moustache. He is bent on everything short of murder and not short of a few choice words or a bouncer aimed straight at your teeth.