Cricket: Group coaching for the back foot defence

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(see c50024 & c50024a for more info)
Coaching points (in order of importance)

For younger players, introduce one point at a time.
1. High backlift over off stump with dominant top hand. (Bottom hand fingers and thumb grip.)
2. Step back and across the crease, getting head and body into line with the ball (eyes level).
3. Weight on back foot, whcih lands parallel to crease (head left forward of the body).
4. With dominant top hand and diamond shape formed with arms, Push bat towards the ball. (Forearms passing close to body.)
5. Strike ball forward of body, directly below eye level.
6. Keep leading elbow high, close to head.
7. Bottom hand fingers and thumb grip.
8. Top hand dominates throughout the shot.
9. Look through the handle of the bat on completion of the shot. (Head directly above hands, and in line with back foot.)

Play the ball with soft hands, so it rolls back up the wicket.


Aims of the practice
To protect the wickets and leave the wide balls; also to defend the ball straight back up the wicket (between the two parallel lines shown in the diagram). This is the furthest point away from the fielders. If you feel you are going to play the ball outside this line on the off side, leave it alone as it is too wide to play at.

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