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    Please help, my batting has gone to pot

    Hi there,

    Last season, when I was only 14, playing for my club's senior 2nd XI, I averaged around 15, and in the last game of the season I scored 35.

    However, this season it's been a completely different story. I average around 1 over 6 innings, with a top score of 4, which came with one swipe off the spinner.

    This year, I seem to be playing across the line of anything on leg, and getting bowled most of the time, while last year when I was less powerful I was much more of a touch player than I am this year.

    This year, I have also been trying moving across the crease and playing fine flicks and paddle sweeps, probably due to watching too much cricket on TV!

    Last year, I batted around 7 or 8, while this year I have gone to 11 due to crap performances. I want to be able to salvage my season by getting some good scores for the 2nd XI, and I was wondering if any of you have any tips?

    Cheers, and sorry for the long post! :P

    Jake

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    Ask to go down into the 3rds for a game to get back into the mood of batting with slightly slower and less acurate bowlers. Then play a couple games for them and try to get into shape for the 2nds. Don't go playing stupids shots just play the basics. Drives, cuts and all those basic shots. Hope it helps.

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    So it's a form thing?

    You just have to bat and bat, or maybe you might respond to something like having a break for a bit, or something else. As little man said above, maybe you should ask to go down to thirds for a few weeks to get your form back. However, if this means you probably wont get your spot back, I don't really advise it.

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    Speak to yor coach and talk to him and see if you will loose your place. Even if you do still go down into the 3rds. Then improve your batting for next season when you will probably get moved back up. Hope that helps.
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    Definately sounds like a mental thing

    I would advise getting at least 3-4 net sessions a week in. In those sessions you should decide on only a couple of shots that you are going to play, forward defence, straight drive, back defence to start with and only play those. Punish yourself (or get your coach to) by taking yourself out of the net for a few minutes (having 3 batters in one net, rotating is a good idea) if you play a shot outside this. Focus on playing in the V until you start to get back that 'natural' feel of batting and then let yourself play some more attacking shots. This is a process that most batsman (unless you are Sehwag or Afridi) should go through at the start of their innings...but you need to practise it in the nets first. Look at getting 1's to start with so you can get the guy at the other end (who has been in longer than you) on to strike. The other thing is to try and just relax (hard to do when you are out of form) and enjoy it. If you try too hard thats when things turn to crap. Good luck! We've all been there before...plenty of times!!!

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    When I am free I net up to 6 times a week for about 2-3 hours a session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinpietersen View Post
    When I am free I net up to 6 times a week for about 2-3 hours a session.
    Is this batting or bowling. If bowling, be careful not to exert yourself too much as it may lead to injuries, as 12 hours a week bowling is an awful lot.

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    The problem you describe is usually because you have closed yourself off in some way. The advice above is sound but not if you have a technical fault that needs correcting.

    To stop getting closed off you need to learn how to on drive (that's the short answer anyway!)
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    Just go and net to practice that is it really just get your old batting style back that is the only thing we can do it is all about practicing now.
    This is my 100th post AWESOME

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    kevinpietersen

    do you post just to boost the number of posts you make? Because most posts you write have very little use. Or is it that you don't realise that you have no idea?

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    Generally the latter, one feels.

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    No I think I know a bit more cricket than you and I Have quite a lot more post than you.

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    Quality not quantity, mate. Obviously can't always be 100% right though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinpietersen View Post
    No I think I know a bit more cricket than you and I Have quite a lot more post than you.
    Buddy, from what I have been reading you have not much idea at all. Maybe you should read a bit more than you write?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mat View Post
    Quality not quantity, mate. Obviously can't always be 100% right though.
    Quote Originally Posted by knights12 View Post
    Buddy, from what I have been reading you have not much idea at all. Maybe you should read a bit more than you write?
    Completely agree. Stupid little up 'em selves 13 year olds.

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