At 5 your batting plan will change each time you bat. Coming in at 3/3 your plan will differ from 150/3 with a guy at the other end who is smashing the ball. Know what type of innings you wish to play when you walk out to bat.
In the first you may try and slowly build a foundation by rotating the strike and preserving wickets or you may try and counterattack. In the second you may try and give to other guy as much strike as possible or you may try and join in the fun. The biggest crime in this instance is to waste dot balls and keep the other guy off strike.
Know the game situation at 5 and bat accordingly. Different situations need different types of innings. The keys for all batting though are (as Jack mentions) knowing where the gaps are and to be able to pick up singles and knowing your own go-to-shots that you can confidently play when the ball is in a certain area.
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