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    Confidence as a starter

    Hi there

    I am fairly new to playing the game, dad used to play years ago, and apart from that I have had no experience in playing cricket. Last year I joined my girlfriends dads team, and played a few friendlys, done some bowling as well and really enjoyed myself. At Xmas my whole family brought me everything I need, you name it i have it, ready for the new season which starts in 2 weeks.

    The thing is, I think I have done to much reading up and watching you tube clips, as all of a sudden my confidence has been shot to pieces, and I am dreading facing fast balls.

    How can I ensure this confidence, which I had last season, returns without the fear of being hit by the ball, or making a fool of myself in games.

    Thank you in advance for your comments

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    Seeing as you're a beginner, I seriously doubt you'll be up against bowlers anywhere near the pace of those you've been watching. It's natural to **** yourself watching them because they're the the top .001% of cricketers. You'll be fine.
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    Thanks for that I didn't think of it like that. I am only playing in league 5 of a village league so yes I suppose the calibre of bowling is not going to be that fast.

    Thank you, I suppose once I'm out there and I'm hitting the balls my confidence will increase

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    Well If that's the kind I reply I expect to get here, I think I will go elsewhere. I have not come here to have the piss taken out of me, just for some helpful and friendly advice.

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    If you stick around here 5 minutes you'll learn to ignore him.

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    The pace of most amateur bowlers is such that it won't really hurt even if it does hit you. If I had a 1 for every time I've been hit by a cricket ball whilst batting I'd have several hundred quid. None of them every really hurt, and the bruises fade after a few weeks.


    Just get yer head down and get right in line from ball 1 to ball 101.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLA View Post
    The pace of most amateur bowlers is such that it won't really hurt even if it does hit you. If I had a 1 for every time I've been hit by a cricket ball whilst batting I'd have several hundred quid. None of them every really hurt, and the bruises fade after a few weeks.


    Just get yer head down and get right in line from ball 1 to ball 101.
    Thanks for the comments, they have been helpful

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    In all seriousness though mate, I highly doubt you have to worry about getting hit by someone who's quick enough to do you any damage in 5th grade village cricket. From my experience, the chances of you even getting on a deck over there that allows as much bounce to occur as you've seen on youtube clips is very unlikely, especially in 5th grade. The chances of anyone being quick enough is even lower.

    My tips are:

    1) Get behind the ball, if you're backing away you have a better chance of being hit.
    2) Stop thinking like an Englishman
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post

    Edit: By the way, you're not Ian Bell are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phate06 View Post

    How can I ensure this confidence, which I had last season, returns without the fear of being hit by the ball, or making a fool of myself in games.

    Thank you in advance for your comments
    Being new to cricket you may not have been around the game and the players too much.

    The only thing I want to mention is to reassure you that the two issues you mention are common among many cricketers - even top quality ones.

    Only the rare ones have no fear of the ball and no fear of failure.

    Appreciate that this is normal and just go out and have fun without fear of thinking you are different.
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    Thank you

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    wear a helmet for added confidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    wear a helmet for added confidence.
    Being a noob myself I definitely second this. Getting my own helmet and wearing it all the time while batting helped me a lot imo.
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