7 Batting Tips
The warmer months are fast approaching, which means you will be pulling out your cricket uniform for another season.
Why not read our seven batting tips to help kick start your pre-season training? Whilst different batting techniques work for different people, these suggestions could help you determine what works for you on the crease. Who knows!? You could be hitting sixes in no time!
1. KEEPING A STRONG BALANCE
Maintaining a balanced position is imperative in achieving control even before the ball has been released. The way you distribute your weight on the crease can greatly affect your stance and overall form, so make sure you are comfortable and ready for anything the bowler can throw at you.
2. QUICK DECISION MAKING
One of the most difficult things to grasp in batting is deciding what shot to play in a quick and decisive manner. This can be done by watching the ball closely as it's released from the bowler’s hand and gradually learning where it will end up, so you can start to play the appropriate shot quicker.
3. BEING STANCE READY
Timing is everything. Having your stance ready to start playing your shot will be to your advantage and can determine how accurately you hit the ball. Left too late many struggle to get the bat in the ideal spot for an effective response. Quick footwork will help with this skill.
4. TRUST YOUR JUDGEMENT
Making your decision early whether to play forward, back, or from the crease allows more time to execute and control the ball, especially when facing spin bowlers. Trusting your decision is important in following through instead of second guessing yourself and being unprepared for the ball.
5. FOLLOW THE BALL
Remember to follow the ball all the way onto the bat. Avoid looking up where the ball is going too early, as this can cause you to edge the ball.
6. BAT LIFT
Lift your bat to your back shoulder with a strong top hand grip to achieve a powerful and controlled shot. Keeping the bat straight will aid a comfortable follow through, as well as allowing for an easy defensive shot if required.
7. CONTROLLING YOUR SHOT
Keep your head and elbow above the ball and your bat square to direct your shots in front of your person, minimising the chance of being caught out. Try to roll your bat and arms to hit the ball in the desired direction.
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