Can you improve your cricket fitness in 15 minutes? Everyone is busy these days. It's tough enough to find enough time to play cricket, let alone train. But you already know how important it is to be fit for cricket.
Who comes to mind when you think of a player with class?
Perhaps your mind brings you to Michael Vaughan's cover drive, or Shane Warne's constantly accurate variations. Whoever it was, you can be sure they went through some kind of slump in form during their career.
As a coach, have you ever wondered about the talented player who seems to cruise without putting in the hard yards? How much better would Player A be, you wonder, if only he had the motivation of the les talented Player B? The frustrating part is that motivation is more complicated that a simply telling Jimmy to buck up his ideas.
The number three position is the most difficult at any level. That's why the position is filled with the best player in the side: Richards, Bradman, Dravid.
What can we learn from these great names that can be taken into our own game?
South African International batsman JP Duminy today announced a major new coaching course revealing his never-before demonstrated batting secrets - all delivered online at pitchvision.com.
And there is plenty to learn from one of the most exciting talents in modern cricket: JP broke into the Western Province at just 18 before being selected for South Africa at 20. He is an IPL superstar and has been valued at a reserve busting $950,000.
Imagine a typical dot ball.
Perhaps you are thinking of the opening batsman shouldering arms to a ball outside off stump. Maybe you picture a workmanlike off-spinner having a good length ball pushed back with a textbook forward defensive.
It's a little known fact that most club cricket games are won and lost with spinners.
The reason is that most club batsmen tend to have a decent defence and not many shots while most club seamers tend to not be good enough to fire out the opposition.
Sometimes you just have to practice alone.
There is no one around to train with but you are eager improve your skills. A bowler can go to a net with a box of balls and practice hitting a target. Batsmen are not as lucky because they need someone or something to feed a ball.
Lighter nights, warmer days and flowers blooming everywhere.
When spring arrives around these parts pre-season training begins in earnest.
How can you make the most of this critical period in your preparation?
Cricket at every level has never been faster.
The influence of Twenty20 cricket now demands batsman who score fast, spinners who turn it miles and, most importantly, bowlers who can blast out the opposition.
How do you get your pace to bullet train levels?
International cricket grounds in England are dotted with brushed metal containers on the edge of the boundary advertising the energy drink Red Bull.
The drink claims in its advertising to "give you wings" and Englandâ€™s Kevin Pietersen is on record as drinking a can before going out to bat. It's big business for the companies that sell them, but do energy drinks really help your cricket?
"Oh, I've given up bowling leg spin," the talented youngster said to me during the first game of the cricket season on a bright April day.
"I took up bowling pace in the winter at University and my coach says Iâ€™m pretty good."
Players, coaches or spectators roped in to umpire club cricket matches all want the same thing: To keep mistakes to the minimum and let the players enjoy the match. But it's tricky if you are not a qualified umpire.
No wonder you are a little reluctant to do it.