Dirk Nannes didn't listen to conventional advice.
The wise sages of cricket all agree: If you have not made it into a first-class setup by the time you are 18, you may as well be on the cricketing scrap heap.
Ask any club captain and one of the first things he will bemoan about his team is the lack of ability to rotate the strike.
Sure, decent batsmen put the bad ball away. Itâ€™s not so easy when the pitch is tricky, the bowling is tight and the field is set to squeeze. The run rate drops and you find it difficult to set a total.
Former England batsman Graeme Gooch is known for advising players to score "daddy" hundreds: When you get your eye in, take the chance and score very big.
It's sound advice that as a coach you have no doubt given to players. Yet the way we practice is the opposite of the way we score big runs. It's no wonder players score a pretty 25 and get out to a lazy shot.
Kevin Pietersen, renowned international cricket sensation, is contributing to his legacy in British cricket and unveiling the secrets of his batting techniques by launching an online batting coaching course teaching cricket enthusiasts how to achieve his signature moves including the â€˜Switch Hitâ€™.
You never see a good side with a bad wicketkeeper.
By definition a team that is taking wickets has to have a brave, alert and vocal gloveman who holds his catches and keeps fielding standards high. Despite this, wicketkeeping skills are often ignored at practice.
TV has a direct influence on club cricket. I was playing a game not long after the review system was introduced to Test matches. Without TV cameras and technology at our game there was no chance of a review.
PitchVision Academy is delighted to present Kevin Pietersen as the man behind Keep Calm and Smash It, the online batting coaching course.
Revolution is an overused word but if one person personifies revolution itâ€™s KP. And for the first time he is about to revolutionise the way you bat too.
PitchVision is going to be showcased during the Cricket Resource Show series in three UK cities. Come down and experience using the same technology as first class players and facilities including the ECB High Performance centre in Loughborough, ICC Global Academy Dubai and Lords MCC are using.
Desmond Haynes, the former West Indies opener, has been appointed to the International coaching panel of PitchVision Academy. Haynes is the latest coach to provide online coaching to grass-roots cricketers and coaches through the pitchvision.com portal.
More bowlers than ever these days are reporting to their coaches with a niggle or problem, especially in the lower back.
Fast bowling coach Ian Pont says he has never seen so many young players with so many problems. So chances are you are hurting.
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.