Cricket: Cover drive

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DESCRIPTION

This is an attacking stroke, played to a full, wide of off stump delivery.

Keep a relaxed, balanced stance, with your head and eyes level.

Using your normal backswing, step forward; your leading foot should have a comfortable stride to the pitch of the ball.

When playing the stroke the front shoulder dips, front knee bends.

Your shoulders rotate vertically, bat moves in an arc (3 o'clock to 9 o'clock) and continues  through the line of the ball in the direction of shot (through the covers - on the on-side).

COACHING POINTS

The ball should be struck beneath the players nose, with the player keeping a straight bat( a high elbow will help with this). The aim is to hit the ball  along the ground.

If the stroke is played too soon (in front of the players head) the ball can be hit in the air for an easy catch.

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