Top Ten Cricket Batting Tips
Cricket Batting Tip No.1.
Of all the tips, this is the most important and most ignored when a batter is out of form!
The object of your attention is the ball, watch the cricket ball as if you have put a laser beam on it … don’t look for the ball … watch it and remind yourself to watch it.
As the bowler enters the crease put your laser beam focus on the ball in the bowlers hand, from there you will track it all the way.
Cricket Batting Tip No.2.
Set your head slightly forward in your stance and set your Positive Intent to score. Head forward and still.
Batting is about Intent, the goal is to score runs off each ball.
The only decision you have is to not score.
You want your energy going to the ball.
Cricket Batting Tip No.3.
Look at space, not at the fielders.
Look at space on the field and become aware of areas that you can score runs in.
Cricket Batting Tip No.4.
The journey to a hundred runs is taken one ball at a time.
Set small goals.
Manage your innings.
Be fully present with each ball.
Cricket Batting Tip No.5.
Know how to get off-strike
Know where your singles and rotation areas are so that you can get off strike easily and effectively.
Practice this in the nets, over and over.
Cricket Batting Tip No.6.
Play to your strengths
If you are a …
Front foot player… play to it
Back foot player … play to it.
Cricket Batting Tip No.7.
Loss of form
If you have a dip in form, stay calm, go back to basics.
Write down your game plan, remind yourself of your strategy and the structure of your innings.
In practice, get someone to throw to your favourite shot so that you can get the feel of playing your number one stroke.
Practice hitting it till you are executing it really well.
Then work through your next favourite, and your next favourite. Get positive chemistry and emotions flowing back into your game.
Cricket Batting Tip No.8.
Keep It Simple Sid !
Remember that the goal is to score runs, the goal is not to get caught up in analyzing your batting technique.
Go through your checkpoints in practice to make sure your set up in the crease is good and then get busy with the job of scoring runs.
Cricket Batting Tip No.9.
Small errors can creep into your game from poor body position in the crease.
Check your Set Up: Grip, Stance and Batswing
Check to make sure you are sideways on, you are balanced and that your head is forward.
Check your grip and that you can swing easy through the line of the ball.
Practice your bat swing, visualize your favourite shots, practice shadow batting with a smooth easy swing.
Cricket Batting Tip No.10.
Manage your energy at the crease, have a ‘relax – refocus’ routine so that you conserve your mental energy for batting.
The subconscious mind wants a routine to rest on.
Step back between balls, breathe easy into your belly, let your focus go soft, clear your mind … then come back, mark your guard and reset your focus and intent for the next ball.
Batting is as much about managing the space between balls as it is about facing the next ball, practice quietening your mind – rest on your routine at the crease.
About Richard Pybus
I'm Richard Pybus, I've coached Pakistan, Bangladesh, Middlesex, Titans and the Cape Cobras in South Africa and the goal of this site is to help you to play winning cricket.