Proper Pre-Season Preparation = Great Cricket Performances

From: Ian Canaway

Here’s What To Do Step-By-Step…

(Part 1 of 2)

I’ve a guest article for you today, it’s written by David Hinchliffe.

If you get your pre-season preparation right you will play better cricket during the summer.

Good pre-season work needs to be planned ahead to get the best results. It should be based on your individual goals and should fit into your overall yearly plan.

How to work out your cricket pre-season training…

The key to this phase is building your plan around the physical needs of cricket. Although cricket seems to be a fairly relaxed game it does require the body to have:

  • Motor skills (or technique)
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Endurance
  • Strength

Keeping technique separate, cricketers generally need to have speed (running between the wickets, bowlers run ups) or have fast access to powerful movements (bowling, throwing, and hitting a ball). Endurance is also needed to be able to do this while tired (batting after a long fielding session for example).

Phase 1 – Build a base

At the beginning of your preseason training you will have just come back from a training break or you may be planning your preseason training for the first time. Either way, you will need to build up a base of fitness before doing anything else.

Here the focus is on general improvements rather than being cricket specific. You can read my base building programme for cricket fitness here.

This period should last around 8-12 weeks depending on how fit you are.

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David Hinchliffe is an ECB coach, sports graduate and owner of If you want even more cricket tips on fitness, nutrition, psychology and tactics then subscribe for free today.

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All the best,

Ian Canaway

P.S. Now go play some cricket!

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  1. […] I’ve a guest article for you today, it’s By David Hinchliffe and forms the final part of a two-part series looking at pre-season training. (If you missed the first part – read it here.) […]

  2. sahil palekar says:

    So nice to see David Hinchliffe writting an article in only two sites which i like are pitchvision and cricketsecrets.So nice to see both are together.

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