Refresher Tips for Running Between The Wickets
From: Ian Canaway
5 Simple Tips For Running Between The Wickets…
I’ve a guest article for you today written by Peter Bryceson:
I had nice refresher of some tips on running between wickets recently, it’s funny how some things that are basic we forget or just take for granted.
1) Watching the keeper. After you leave a ball outside your off stump or a ball thrown to the keeper by a fielder, watch what the keeper does with the ball, how he passes the ball for relay back to the bowler. If he constantly throws the ball to first or second slip with his right hand it would be reasonably to assume that he is right handed, so any ball down the leg side that gets to the keeper is a definite possibility for a quick single. The opportunity increases if he dives to stop the ball.
2) Watch and remember where the quick bowlers move to at the end of the over generally they have good throwing arms so may not be advisable to push for the additional run on their arm.
3) For close in fielders also watch their movements and try hit the ball to their opposite side, this will give your partner and yourself additional time to make your ground.
4) If you happen to hit the ball in the air for an impending catch by the fielder make sure that you make your ground at the opposite end, this is helpful in that if the catch is taken the new batter will be at the non strikers end. It is also a good idea to wait and see if the catch is taken before embarking on the second run.
5) Know the field; go for a walk before the match and look at the surface; is it level or uneven, it is harder to field on uneven surfaces so miss-fields are a greater chance. An interesting point here is to take notice of how many of the opposition fielders use the wrong leg for a “long stop” or actually undertake a “long stop” whilst fielding.
Does the field have a slope? Find where the slope starts and know that a ball will accelerate from a specific point which makes it harder to field especially if the fielder is chasing down the ball.
Whilst taking about fielding it is interesting to see the use of the “slide stop and throw technique” increasing in international cricket. We are currently looking at introducing a training method to practice this technique at our cricket club.
Peter Bryceson is a cricket coach and passionate cricketer from Australia.
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