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Cricket: 99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game

Cricket: 99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game


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    The great Sir Donald Bradman’s test-match batting average of 99.94 is an achievement matching that of any other sporting great. Now, you can achieve greatness as well with Cricket: 99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game.

    In this one-of-a-kind collection, the world’s top players and coaches share their secrets, guidance and advice on every aspect of the game. From batting to bowling and fielding to coaching, Cricket: 99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game covers it all.

    With contributions from Merv Hughes, Brad Hodge, Cameron White, David Hussey, Belinda Clark and a host of others, you will learn something new on every page. Best of all, you’ll learn to develop the special skills and qualities to achieve greatness in today’s game.

    Whether you’re still learning the game, polishing your skills or coaching your team to another championship, Cricket: 99.94 Tips to Improve Your Game is the practical guide you should not be without.

    Table of Contents

    Part I: Batting
    Chapter 1. Starting an Innings
    Chapter 2. Seeing Off the New Ball
    Chapter 3. Running Aggressively
    Chapter 4. Some Rules for Running Between Wickets
    Chapter 5. Hitting to the Gaps
    Chapter 6. Dancing With the Spinners
    Chapter 7. Backing Up—It’s so Easy
    Chapter 8. Improvising—A Risky Business
    Chapter 9. Reading the Game
    Chapter 10. Farming the Strike
    Chapter 11. Lofting With the Wind
    Chapter 12. Staying Alert as a Night Watchman
    Chapter 13. Using the Bowling Machine Wisely
    Chapter 14. The Communication Triangle When an Injured Batter Isn’t Running
    Chapter 15. Breaks in Batting Equal Breaks in Concentration
    Chapter 16. Ones and Twos Make Sense
    Chapter 17. Beware the Full Toss
    Chapter 18. A Wicket Falls—You’re In!
    Chapter 19. Staying in by Getting to the Other End
    Chapter 20. Wag the Tail

    Part II: Bowling
    Chapter 21. Bowling to Plans
    Chapter 22. Shine, Don’t Whine!
    Chapter 23. Persist, Persist, Persist: A Bowler’s Mantra
    Chapter 24. Bowling Is Just Like Archery: Hit the Spot to Win Gold!
    Chapter 25. Analyse, Don’t Criticise!
    Chapter 26. Use the Wind to Your Advantage
    Chapter 27. Practise Like Tennis Players
    Chapter 28. Learn to Mask Your Deliveries
    Chapter 29. Variety Is the Spice of Bowling Life
    Chapter 30. Six-Packs Can Be Spun for More Fun!

    Part III: Fielding
    Chapter 31. Anticipating the Shot
    Chapter 32. Running in Pairs
    Chapter 33. Setting Up the Relay
    Chapter 34. Back Up, Don’t Muck Up!
    Chapter 35. The Value of a Knock-Down
    Chapter 36. Percentage Fielding
    Chapter 37. Taking the Stumps When Appropriate
    Chapter 38. Be a Fielder, Not a Spectator
    Chapter 39. Slip It On and Cover Them Up
    Chapter 40. Stay Low and Throw Low
    Chapter 41. Slide for Speed, Not for Show!
    Chapter 42. ‘Bend ze Knees’
    Chapter 43. Become a Star Fielder off Your Own Bowling
    Chapter 44. Making Run-Outs Routine
    Chapter 45. Batters Can Spin, Too!
    Chapter 46. Use the Right Throw at the Right Time
    Chapter 47. Bounce the Ball Into the Keeper’s Gloves, Not at His Shins!
    Chapter 48. Swarm Like Bees to the Honey Pot
    Chapter 49. Set the Table
    Chapter 50. Cricket Is Not Baseball

    Part IV: Leadership
    Chapter 51. To Bat, or Not to Bat—That Is the Question
    Chapter 52. Avoid Pressuring Bowlers
    Chapter 53. Get the Angles Right
    Chapter 54. Remember the Mid-On
    Chapter 55. Is the Second New Ball Overrated?
    Chapter 56. A Positive Attitude Is Infectious
    Chapter 57. Create the Unexpected
    Chapter 58. Place Your Fielders Strategically
    Chapter 59. Change Bowlers Before It’s Too Late
    Chapter 60. Declarations Must Optimise Your Chance of Winning
    Chapter 61. The Captain Is More Than a Figurehead
    Chapter 62. Respect Takes Time to Earn and Just Moments to Lose!
    Chapter 63. Feel the Difference
    Chapter 64. Become Your Own Coach
    Chapter 65. What Should Coaches Expect From Their Players?
    Chapter 66. What Should Players Expect From Their Coach?
    Chapter 67. Backyards and Beaches Are Great Nurseries
    Chapter 68. Train as You Play
    Chapter 69. Coaching Wicketkeepers Is Often an Afterthought

    Part V: General
    Chapter 70. It’s Not Offensive to Be Defensive!
    Chapter 71. Learn From Mistakes, Don’t Repeat Them
    Chapter 72. Silent Nights Are Golden
    Chapter 73. Do More
    Chapter 74. Come to Practise, Don’t Turn Up for Practice
    Chapter 75. Concentrate!
    Chapter 76. Game-like Training
    Chapter 77. Bring On the Spotlights: Tips for Playing in Finals
    Chapter 78. The Power of the Leading Arm
    Chapter 79. There’s no I in ‘Team’
    Chapter 80. Be in the Team, Not Just on the Team Sheet
    Chapter 81. Team Behaviour on Game Day
    Chapter 82. Play Other Sports
    Chapter 83. Practise With Distractions
    Chapter 84. When to Watch the Players, Not the Ball
    Chapter 85. Grow a Tree That Produces Fruit Every Year
    Chapter 86. Taking It One Step at a Time
    Chapter 87. When Things Are Going Badly, Think of the Forest After a Fire
    Chapter 88. The Power of Peer Assessment
    Chapter 89. Playing With Pain Is a Balancing Act
    Chapter 90. Evaluating Performance: Moving Beyond Statistics
    Chapter 91. Body Language Tells a Story
    Chapter 92. Versatility in an Increasingly Specialised World
    Chapter 93. Winning Premierships: The Ultimate Team Reward (Neil’s Story)
    Chapter 94. Kicking Goals to Launch a Season
    Chapter 95. Make Your Home Ground Away From Home
    Chapter 96. What if Your Nightmares Come True?
    Chapter 97. Boys to Men
    Chapter 98. When David Beat Goliath (Ken’s Story)
    Chapter 99. Gaining Wisdom

    About the Author

    Dr. Ken Davis has played and coached cricket at a high level, coached both men’s and women’s teams and provided support to players as a sport psychologist. In 1975 he completed a master’s degree in physical education in Perth, Western Australia, where his thesis on cinematographic analysis of fast bowling in cricket became the catalyst for over 30 years of research into this explosive and often potentially harmful motion. In 1989 he completed a PhD in sport psychology from Florida State University. He has worked with several elite athletes and teams in the role of sport psychologist, most notably with the Geelong and Richmond football teams in the Australian Football League. Since 2000 Ken has worked at Cricket Victoria in a variety of roles, including coaching the successful Victorian Spirit women’s team as well as leading the Australian women’s youth team on tours of New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

    Neil Buszard played over 300 games of Premier cricket and had a division of the Victorian Premier Cricket competition named in his honour during the 2006-07 season. He was also a very successful baseball player, representing Australia as a third baseman and also winning the coveted Helms Award as the best player in Australia. Graduates of Buszard’s innovative and balanced training programme have become elite cricketers, and many have made their mark in other fields as well, including cricket administration. Neil has great people skills as well as cricket skills: His unbridled enthusiasm for the game, coupled with his energetic and thoughtful approach to performance enhancement, has long placed him at the forefront of coaching in Australia.


    "Practical, accessible, and easy to follow! Reading this book means you'll need a bulletproof excuse for why you managed to run out your skipper yet again. It also contains a Bradman reference—what's not to like?"

    Ed Davis -- All Out Cricket Magazine

    "Setting goals early provides a focus for young players, but achieving the goals takes dedication, ability, and a well-developed technique. The tips in this book provide the foundation for the continued development of every young cricketer."

    Arnie Sidebottom -- Former Yorkshire and England Fast Bowler