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?
It seems a Test series can't be played without a controversy around the Decision Review System (DRS) technology. The system has utilised computer modelling and even military grade heat cameras to help the top level come to the right decision.
There is a knock on effect to the games played at grass-roots level, even when the highest-tech item on the oval is a cricket bat.
Coaching panel member Iain Brunnschweiler is a former professional player and a coach at Hampshire and England's Development Programme. In this article he gives an insight into a recent high performance camp he ran.
During a recent training camp put on for a group of talented 16 and 17 year-olds in the England Development Programme, we ran a series of competitive scenarios.
Research has show the simple truth: the better the batsman you are the faster you pick up the line and length of the bowler.
But how do you do that so you can emulate the likes of Kevin Pietersen who seems to have so much time he knows what the bowler has bowled before the bowler even knows?
In the classic movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is faced with a problem.
Trying to make a run for it he is intercepted by an intimidating swordsman doing tricks with a sword that the hat and whip had no chance against.
During a break in the filming of Kevin Pietersen's coaching course, KP and I got to chatting about fitness training.
He said he spent a lot of his gym time working on his core. It wasnâ€™t just so he could look good on the beach between matches. He knows instinctively that the core is crucial to batting power.
Thatâ€™s because timing and power with the bat are all based on the ability to transfer your weight from the ground, through your body and into the ball.
When winter training starts we are all filled with hope and optimism for a stellar summer ahead. Then life gets in the way, we lose motivation and fall back into old habits. The Grand Plan is lost for another season. But not this year.
I have been coaching and playing cricket for decades. Every year I come across the same frustrating attitudes that stop people reaching their potential.
It all happens long before the season starts. People mess up their pre-season training and simply never recover when the weather improves.
From the 6 year old beginner to the established Academy cricketer, here the 5 most common mistakes I see everyone making in the field from time to time. Maybe they are small but all are crucial as a mistake has bigger consequences.
KP has the switch-hit, Dilshan has the Dil-scoop and Dhoni has the Helicopter shot. As club cricketers we can't use any of these high risk shots without looking foolish. Our success rate is minimal. But this doesn't mean us mere mortals canâ€™t play any innovative shots to aid run rates.
Whether it's throwing yourself around in the field or offering to be chief ball shiner; make your non-skill related attributes shine. Then after playing in the team for a few hours or a whole game, try to evaluate what you personally can bring to mark your presence in the team and on the game.