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In this short video, we work through some great front foot batting tips that will improve your technique and make it harder for bowlers to dismiss you.
The lessons are given by Peter Dickson from Community Sports Camps. Peter is currently captain of Premier Cricket Club Fitzroy Doncaster and has been involved with the Victorian Bushrangers.
Peter has spent much of his adult life playing cricket around the world and working with children of all ages developing their sporting skills and promoting the game. He is passionate about all sports and believes that team sport gives children essential life skills throughout their early years.
Some of the topics covered in the video are:
1. Importance of Technique
With the popularity of Twenty20 cricket, there is a danger of some kids thinking that proper technique is not required. Instead, they may think that if they have enough power, they can just swing and hope.
However, even some of the more flamboyant T20 stars such as Glenn Maxwell have spent many years developing proper technique, before trying more advanced and risky shots in the short form of the game.
2. Why Having Fun Is Crucial
In the past, some of the batting drills that kids were encouraged to practice took a lot of fun out of the game. Peter explores the modern belief that you will get better results if you have more fun whilst practicing technique, and offers some great examples you can try at home straight away.
3. Appreciating Players Natural Flair
No two players are ever exactly the same. And while the importance of proper technique is crucial, we always need to be careful not to suppress a player’s natural style and flair.
4. Comparing David Warner and Chris Rogers
Peter briefly explores the differences between the batting styles of Australian Cricket stars David Warner and Chris Rogers, and why even though they are very different, they have both been successful at the highest level.
5. The Most Common Batting Mistake
For many years, coaches have been teaching players to hold their bat with the “V” between their thumb, and their index finger lining up with the blade of the bat.
Peter explains why this is one of the worst habits you can pick up as a young batsman or woman and shows you a more effective approach.
6. Waiting For The Ball To Come To You
Peter explores why it’s crucial that you wait for the ball to come into your perfect hitting zone instead of chasing it, which often leads to lofting the ball, making it easy to catch.