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    Thanks, I will try in the soon, problem is it's the end of the season (bummer) and the nets are gonna close soon so I'l need alot of practise. I know what you're saying, try as much as possible to move after the delivery is bowled and with a bigger stride... I'm working hard on it at the moment and it is working for the majority, but my bat isn't coming down fast enough for pacers and I keep getting beaten for pace for some reason. And if it is sliding down my legs I STILL keep on missing the ball which is really annoying me now so I'm thinking if I keep my head a tad forward that I might be able to balance over my legs for working on-side ONLY!

    And one more thing (sorry)- When I play alot of my off side shots through the cover-mid off region I tend to lean back a bit makng them zip through point and sometimes when it does go through cover it normally goes areal, making me a bit over cautious towards balls pitching top of off ish- drastically slowering my scoring rate at times. I try to plant my foot like a big stride but then I keep missing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowfinger View Post
    Thanks, I will try in the soon, problem is it's the end of the season (bummer) and the nets are gonna close soon so I'l need alot of practise. I know what you're saying, try as much as possible to move after the delivery is bowled and with a bigger stride... I'm working hard on it at the moment and it is working for the majority, but my bat isn't coming down fast enough for pacers and I keep getting beaten for pace for some reason. And if it is sliding down my legs I STILL keep on missing the ball which is really annoying me now so I'm thinking if I keep my head a tad forward that I might be able to balance over my legs for working on-side ONLY!

    And one more thing (sorry)- When I play alot of my off side shots through the cover-mid off region I tend to lean back a bit makng them zip through point and sometimes when it does go through cover it normally goes areal, making me a bit over cautious towards balls pitching top of off ish- drastically slowering my scoring rate at times. I try to plant my foot like a big stride but then I keep missing it.

    EDIT:SORRY FOR THE MULTIPOSTS
    For your first problem you mentioned in your post, When facing the fast bowlers I have a few tips: Make sure you are coming forward every ball or atleast expecting the full ball. Make sure your whole body is coming forward ( head, body, ect ). Another few things I forgot to mention is have an attacking mindset, you'll be suprised how many more deliveries you hit, also if the bowlers are pretty quick, just time the ball when driving and don't try and play a full blooded aggressive drive. More and more practice will do you good especially against fast bowling.

    - For the balancing on the legside problem, I think I know the problem. It's because you are planting your front foot every ball around the off stump and therefore you are moving away from the legside. So it's harder to hit those deliveries on your pads when you are moving towards the off stump. If your foot movement was correct though, you would be staying straight when these legside deliveries come and you would be able to hit the ball a lot more. I had the excact same problem.

    - For your last problem. Always make sure when you are driving the ball that you are hitting as straight as possible. Secondly, when you are driving the ball, make sure your using your top hand as much as you can and also having a high left elbow ( assuming you are right handed ) is always a good sign. Try and get your foot as close as you can towards the ball when driving through the off side because sometimes that can be the problem. Sometimes there can be a backlift problem that can cause problems with driving but I don't think this occurs to you, so don't worry .

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