The Slogger's Guide To Building An Innings

It's hard to break a reputation as a batsman. If you are down as a "see it, hit it" slogger, no one expects you to play a composed and well-paced innings.
8 July 2014

How To Be A Good Captain...When You're Not A Natural

One of the biggest criticisms of England in the loss to Sri Lanka has been the weak captaincy of Alastair Cook: "He's just not a natural captain," the sages bemoan. But what does that really mean?
1 July 2014

How To Bowl At The Tail

What would England have given for a bowler who could mop up the last man? It's a problem that happens at every level, yet it should be easy.
18 June 2014

What Is Perfect Practice?

"Nobody practices harder." How often do we hear that coming from the mouth of a losing captain on a televised match? It almost makes you think practicing hard leads to failure.
10 June 2014

20 Tips For Twenty20

Twenty20 has never been bigger. IPL, Big Bash, T20 Blast and now even a special tournament for 15-19 year old club cricketers.
28 May 2014

The Untalented Cricketer's Guide To Playing Well

Can you do well in your club games if you have no talent? The answer to that question is the difference between saying "I'm not much of a cricketer" and "I make the most of what I have".
20 May 2014

How To Enjoy Fielding If You Find It Boring

"I hate fielding." You might never say it that directly, but you have probably thought it at some point.
13 May 2014

How To Avoid 'Banana Skin' Losses

Every year England play a match against an Associate nation: The Test side should win easily, but it's not always the case.
9 May 2014

How To Stop A Batting Collapse

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.
29 April 2014

Rethink Your Warm Up To Improve Your Game

The methods of warming up are changing. When my dad played, the warm up was a few catches on the outfield and stubbing out your fag before play (or during the first few overs in some cases).
22 April 2014

Forget Technique: What To Work On During Summer Practice

Ian Bell. Now there is a man who can hit a cover drive. Imagine sitting in on a net session where he is grooving the shot over and over. It would be like ballet with a ball.
15 April 2014

The Old Cricketer's Guide To Fielding Like An Athlete

Fielding isn't a young man's game. One of the excuses I often hear about poor fielding standards is that you need to be young and energetic to do it well.
8 April 2014

How To Bowl A Bouncer...When You Can't Bowl A Bouncer

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.
4 April 2014

Study: How To Win At Twenty20

A recent study has reviewed the Twenty20 tactics of successful sides, and come up with some clear conclusions.
18 March 2014

How To Bowl Uphill & Into The Wind

The sun beats down from a cloudless sky as you examine the wicket before play. It's flat and grassless and looks like slab of baked concrete.
11 March 2014

Could These Changes Transform Your Pre-Season Nets?

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.
5 March 2014

How To Bat Under Pressure Like Brendon McCullum

A run is not a run. If you have ever played in a tight, low scoring match you know that the value of a run varies depending on the situation.
18 February 2014

3 Ways To Use Your Scorebook To Win More Matches This Season

Are averages starting to creak? Everyone knows what a good average is for Test cricketers, and every club player knows what a good average is for their league.
14 February 2014

How Much Should Fast Bowlers Hit The Nets?

We all know that the more you bowl, the better you get. But it's also true that the more you bowl, the more likely you are to get an injury that stops you altogether.
4 February 2014

How To Move From Cricket Apprentice To Master

How long does it take to serve your apprenticeship? Cricket is frustrating. You want to achieve the mastery that your talent allows but you need to go through a long and difficult apprenticeship.
29 January 2014