Throw Away The Textbook: How Batsmen Really Develop Technique

Here is an over-rated phrase: "That shot is straight out of the textbook!" The truth is that in the modern era of cricket we hear it less and less. It's no longer relevant, if it ever was.
14 May 2013

How To Bowl At 100 Miles Per Hour

No country can consistently produce fast bowlers. Why? It's clearly desirable and clearly possible: the West Indies proved this in the 1980s.
1 May 2013

How To Coach Strength Into Cricketers

Good cricketers are strong. They may not look like big chested hulks (although some like Kallis, Flintoff and Irfan Pathan come close) but to bowl quick, put revs on the ball or hit the ball hard you need to have strength.
23 April 2013

Is This One Word Stopping You From Becoming A Cricketer?

If you had to put cricket into one word, what would you choose? Some say it's about angles. Others talk about hand-eye coordination, or athleticism. All those things are important but I would choose a different word.
16 April 2013

How One Team Made The Most Of Their Talent By Exploiting Culture

Culture. It's one of those words that get banded about in sport and in business as an explanation for everything.
9 April 2013

The Common Sense Way To Coach Kid's Cricket

Why do kids play cricket? If you know the answer to that then you know the secret to coaching younger players.
2 April 2013

What Alanis Morrisette Knows About Cricket Confidence

I got this email from a reader recently: "I have read your articles on staying calm and relaxed at the crease but they don't seem to work. I have the ability but completely lack confidence in the middle. Please help!"
26 March 2013

Enrol Now On Michael Bevan's Exclusive Finisher Coaching Courses

We are delighted to announce that Michael Bevan's online coaching courses Finisher are now open for enrolees. As you know, a few weeks ago we announced the "Finisher" was revealing his methods in his first ever online coaching courses.
20 March 2013

Accuracy Gets Wickets

Accuracy gets wickets: Glenn McGrath, Zaheer Khan, Vernon Philander and many others at the highest level have proven the method. But accuracy is difficult.
20 March 2013

3 Cricket Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

You are not alone. Everyone who has played cricket wonders how good they really are. Some people take that wonder and run with it. Doing everything right to give themselves the best chance of success. Others take that wonder and think they are doing things right.
12 March 2013

The One Secret Exercise You Need To Improve Bowling Speed

Fast bowling is complex. It's impossible to break it down to one part; but a crucially important part for power - and therefore speed - is your hips. Your hips are the powerhouse of the bowling action.
5 March 2013

A Simple Tip For Improving Leg Side Takes For Wicket-Keepers

After the recent article from Mark Garaway on standing up drills, I felt inspired to do some work with my wicketkeepers on standing up to seamers. We duly set up a drill with a bowling machine to work on leg side takes.
19 February 2013

Where Most People Go Wrong With Cricket Coaching Advice

There is simple shorthand for what defines a good coach: reputation is everything. We look at a player's first-class or international record and that helps us decide if we should follow his advice. But you wouldn't go to the dentist if you had a broken leg. So why go to a former player to fix your broken technique?
13 February 2013

How Fit Are Academy Cricketers?

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.
23 January 2013

Why Fast Bowlers Can Forget Jogging

Long, slow distance running is not the way to get fit for bowling. Many have argued the opposite. For example Mike Selvey when talking about former England bowler Bob Willis said...
15 January 2013

5 Cheap But Effective Cricket Innovations To Improve Your Game

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.
9 January 2013

There Is No Such Thing As The X-Factor In Becoming A Cricketer

A lot of people say that to be a professional cricketer you need that special indefinable "x-factor". It’s a magical trait that you either have, or not. If you don’t have it you will never get it. This is lazy thinking.
18 December 2012

Don't Do These 5 Things When Bowling Fast

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:
11 December 2012

Chance To Play: How To Join A Cricket Academy

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?
4 December 2012

How To Make A Bad Cricket Ball Swing

A fellow coach and I were speaking last night about a perennial problem in our team: the ball stops swinging very early.
27 November 2012