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    As a batsman, I've experimented with a few things which will help a batsman get the best out of every delivery that is bowled to him/her. What I have come to find over my 20 odd years of playing cricket is that you have to put all thoughts of premeditation out of your mind. There is so little time to make a decision, so you have to make it as simple as possible. I like to watch the ball out of the bowlers hand from the start of their run-up, that gets me focused. Then you first have to decide front foot or back foot, then decide which side of the pitch you will play your shot. So I guess the decision is made after the ball lands (or doesn't land). Anytime after that you aren't helping your cause.
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    facing the first ball of a different bowler i would always be defensive then after i realise how hes bowling i would attack..... facing a spinner anythink short means a chance for a 6
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    have you got the batsman's strengths enshrined into your simulator? if you did, then you could have him hitting the attacking shots that he hits best early in his innings, and only once he gets settled he starts to play all around the wicket?

    maybe also link the shot making decisions to the field employed? if you have an off side stacked field, as soon as the ball strays on the stumps, a willingness to flick through the on side.

    but the easiest would be to determine the batsman's state of mind. if he is in a positive state of mind, then he plays shots as soon as he comes in and is more likely to be on the front foot, while if in a more staid mood, would be more back foot central, looking to shape the ball through the field and use the extra time of the back stool to find gaps.

    sorry, i've probably just made it heaps more complicated than your hoping for

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    As an opening batsman, as I first came in, if I was taking first strike, I would hope the first ball was pitched outside the off stump short of a length allowing me to go back and across to see how the wicket was behaving. and asess both speed and bounce without committing myself to a stroke.

    Playing a ball off the middle of the bat firmlyand feel the 'spring' in the shot as the ball shot of the sweet spot is a big nerve sttler.

    Getting a delivery early to play your favourite shot, be it a square cut or a cover drive , is a great way to feel the confidence surge.

    Then , during a change of bowling, if a spinner came on to bowl, I would like to be able to drive him of the front foot at the earliest opportunity. Its great to get the feet moving and gives you the confidence to come out of the crease the next time the ball is flighted.


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    It depends on the match situation. If I come in early 3 or 4 wickets are down so I just try to create a solid base for the innings and then stepping up the pace. I like sweeping and driving so I try to keep the bat back but my weight able to go forward quickly to send the ball flying to the fence.
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    Im a naturally defensive batsman..

    1) Get the trigger movement going, back and across
    2) Wait for the ball! No premeditation, then go forward or back..
    3) Big effort on keeping the ball on the ground, early in the innings
    4) Run between the wickets like an absolute whippet
    5) Head position, above the pitch of the ball, and relax!
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    There are just so many factors to think about. I like the idea of splitting the pitch up into areas where certain shots can be played. Erratic bounce can lead to problems with the horizontal bat shots. Personally if I see anything coming that is pitched short I rock back and pull regardless of the line. Then again if I am facing someone really quick which doesn't happen often then I drop the hands and get out of the road.

    If the ball is swinging away then I like to leave everything outside off stump until I get settled. Where a batsman takes guard and stands with respect to his crease makes a difference (LBWs etc). Anything on the stumps is played with a straight bat.

    Just some thoughts. On pitch characteristics maybe moisture. The weather can then play a part in how quickly the pitch dries out. Humidity also playing a part with swing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Argonaut
    There are just so many factors to think about. I like the idea of splitting the pitch up into areas where certain shots can be played.
    That's my approach too. My problem with that is that I generally don't realize how much time I have to get into position against all speeds of bowlers. Instead I rush myself and end up unbalanced by the time the ball does come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Argonaut
    There are just so many factors to think about. I like the idea of splitting the pitch up into areas where certain shots can be played. Erratic bounce can lead to problems with the horizontal bat shots. Personally if I see anything coming that is pitched short I rock back and pull regardless of the line. Then again if I am facing someone really quick which doesn't happen often then I drop the hands and get out of the road.

    If the ball is swinging away then I like to leave everything outside off stump until I get settled. Where a batsman takes guard and stands with respect to his crease makes a difference (LBWs etc). Anything on the stumps is played with a straight bat.

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    Thats about it.

    What you pray you dont get very early is a ball pitched up (enough to rule out going back) on the middle and off which moves away very very late. If it does happen, you hope it beats you copletely and misses the off stump too

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