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    What is the best advice or lamest piece of advice you got from a coach growing up.

    The lamest piece of advice I ever got - was that our coach told us to adjust the straps on our pads to make them more comfortable while we were waiting to go into bat. I mean how is that helpful to your inning.

    He also had a thing about us taking guard at centre. Centre is for kids lads take leg or middle and leg. Probably better advice that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    The lamest piece of advice I ever got - was that our coach told us to adjust the straps on our pads to make them more comfortable while we were waiting to go into bat. I mean how is that helpful to your inning.
    You wouldn't want to be uncomfortable while you wait. Would also help your running between the wickets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    You wouldn't want to be uncomfortable while you wait. Would also help your running between the wickets.
    Unless your pad falls of because it is so comfortably loose. Want your pads as tight as possible without them cutting off circulation, I did anyway.

    Best advice for me: "go out there, be positive and just hit the ball" very simple, but on the day it was enough to get me to my then highest score.

    Worst advice for me: "be defensive, don't worry about runs just don't lose your wicket" had me out for a 60 ball 10 that day.

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    Get your foot to the pitch of the ball. if you do that it's impossible to actually hit the ball!


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    worst advice: It doesn't matter how much you get just be positive.

    how can u be positive getting a first ball duck?

    best: defend at THE BEGINNING of the match not at the end when we need 4 runs 2 win!!

    that was also the funniest!

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    Re the OP - bollocks - take guard wherever you're comfortable tbh.

    When Australia started doing all the fitness work in the 80s, AB was talking to a few of the younger blokes who were all gungho about it. He ended up saying "Look it doesn't matter how many push ups and sit ups you do, if it pitches leg and hits off it's still ****ing out".

    Pretty good advice imo.
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    Who am I to doubt the wisdom of AB but, tbf, if you take a risky 3rd and you've done your fitness training it's not out, and when like me you are hopelessly out of condition and turn like a stricken supertanker you're run out by 11 yards.

    Actually tbh "out of condition" gives a false impression that I was ever in "condition". Perhaps "hopelessly lard-arsed" would be more apt.

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    haha - I hear you mate.

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    The biggest thing about fitness in cricket is the mental side of the game. The fitter you are, the longer it allows you to concentrate. The first thing to go when you are tired is your head, not your body.

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    I gad a great coach and there were many gems in what he told me those long long years ago If I have to chose one each for batting bowling and fielding. . .

    Best for Batting :
    As the bowlers hand comes up for delivery look at it as if nothing else exists in the world and at the ball as it leaves the hand. If you watch the ball from the very beginning and do not take your eyes off it, the feet will move forward or back on their own.

    This when I had already digested and was meticulously following the basic technique but was having trouble deciding on the length early enough.

    Best for Bowling :
    Keep your eyes completely focussed at the spot on which you want to pitch the ball and chances are you will hit it.

    While Fielding (at cover/cover point) :
    Walk in on light feet and watch the batsman intently and as he moves his hands and his feet your head will register it and tell you where the ball is going.

    He was spot on. It worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isura View Post
    Get your foot to the pitch of the ball. if you do that it's impossible to actually hit the ball!
    Of course he meant getting "to" the (spot where the ball will) pitch not "on" the (spot where the ball will) pitch so the advise is perfect and basic, of course for front foot play only.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Worst - "They never test your B sample"

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