Deep step back in the crease.
Back foot parallel to the crease.
Weight on the back foot, head forward of the body.
Hands up behind back hip pocket, back lift still raised.
Diamond shape maintained with forearms throughout the shot.
Front leg slides towards back leg with heel raised and toes lightly touching ground (counter balance.
Stand tall and make contact with ball below eye level and forward of body.
Bottom hand fingers and thumb grip, acting as a shock absorber.
Complete shot with the toe of the bat following the line of the ball, keeping leading elbow high and close to the head.
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.
Played to a ball short of a length, roughly stump high.
Batsman should have a relaxed and balanced stance - head still, eyes level.
Back swing and step back. Their front shoulder should then dip.
With the base established, weight stays slightly forward. Shoulders rotate vertically, front leg drawn back, alongside the back foot.
Bat decelerates, ‘soft hands’ upon impact. Ball contact under eyes.
The Coach throws each player 3 balls which they should aim to hit towards the left or right target.
Back foot batting
3-5 people stand in each net, with one bowler and the others waiting to receive the ball.
Each bowler bowls 24 balls with the batsman getting 3 consecutive balls.
If the batsman decides to leaves one of the balls then they may have another ball.
On receiving 3 balls the batsman must join the back of the queue.
Back foot batting
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Played to a length ball pitching on or around line of the stumps Can be done in pairs/ groups of three. One batter and one feeder minimum required. 6 tennis balls per pair/group. Feeder looks to feed the ball around middle stump, using an underarm 'bobble' feed. Already down on one knee in sweep position, batter looks to play orthodox sweep shot (shot number 1), aiming for the line indicated on diagram.
This drill can be done in pairs/groups of three (minimum one batter and one feeder required), with six tennis balls per pair/group. Batter plays shot from one knee and progresses to ordinary stance when competent in the kneeling sweep position. The types of feed should be rapid fire feeds, where hands only move, and balls are fed quicker. Move onto the types of sweep below, hitting: Orthodox sweep Paddle sweep Slog sweep Reverse sweep Feeds need to be altered slightly here, quicker for the paddle, and wider and more looped for slog sweep.
**AUDIO DESCRIPTION ON** Step 1: Batsman starts down on 1 knee in the sweep position with a full backlift. Coach feeds an under arm single bounce throw. Batsman excutes the sweep shot. Step 2: Batsman starts in a half lunge position with the front foot stepping down the pitch. Coach feeds the same delivery. Batsman completes the lunge and executes the sweep shot. Step 3: Batsman starts in their normal stance. Coach feeds the same delivery. Batsman completes the full sweep shot.
Dip your head and shoulder more than for the off or straight drive and let the ball come through. Open your leading shoulder to point straight/ mid on, so that your hip opens slightly, allowing the bat to swing through. Take a short stride towards the ball, stand tall on the balls of your feet and point the toe of front foot directly up the wicket. Plant foot down the line of leg stump - no wider. Stand tall, get up onto your toes with the weight on your front foot and head forwards, directly above body - eyes level. As the bat swings through the line of the ball, work hard to maintain the following: A dominant top hand, relaxed fingers and thumb bottom hand grip, diamond shape with arms, high hands, hands forward of bat face on impact.
Looking to defend ball after using feet coming down the wicket Quick feet from the batter are essential when getting to the ball. When advancing down the wicket, batter must aim to keep head as still as possible, and eyes level. Batter needs to be in a still position by the time they make contact, and well balanced. Encourage player to loosen bottom hand upon impact, and maintain their weight into the shot by leaning forward not back. Bat coming through straight s key, with soft hands, with player looking to drop the ball at their feet, making impact underneath their eyes.
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