Cricket: Back Foot Defence

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DESCRIPTION

To play this defensive shot properly players will need to think about their whole body's position in order to avoid popping the ball up for an easy take.

COACHING POINTS

As the ball comes in players must take a deep step back inside the crease, moving their front foot towards their back foot which remains parallel to the crease.

Their weight should be on the ball of their back foot with their head up in front of their body and their hands up.

The front leg slides towards the back leg with their heel raised and toes lightly touching ground.

Stand tall and keep your elbow high, making contact with the ball just below eye level.

The bottom hand, fingers and thumb grip, acts as a shock absorber.

The complete shot should be player looking through their hands with a high elbow position throughout, close to their head, to avoid lifting the ball upon impact.

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