There are a few batsmen in international cricket who have a penchant for straight drives, and this has mistakenly led people to think that they have good techniques. The number of times I hear people say that Martin Guptill has good technique because he plays straight makes me want to bash my head against the wall. Attempting to straight drive balls that aren't overpitched is a bad cricket shot. It's just as bad as playing across the line.
With the vertical bat strokes, there are times when it just simply isn't as safe a shot as a horizontal bat stroke. A back foot punch to a short wide ball is a more dangerous stroke than a cut shot. It's not a better stroke.
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EDIT: I didn't see Hendrix's later post but this is my take on it
Last edited by Maximas; 16-02-2014 at 01:21 AM.
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Batting positions outside the top 3.
What I mean by that is how we hear in NZ a bit on how Anderson and Watling should swap positions, or how Michael Clarke bats better at 5 instead of 4 etc. as if it really matters lol.
Footwork to pace bowling. (definitely isn't to spin)
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Suggesting that you should work balls square of the wicket off the stumps early in your innings is probably the worst advice I have ever heard in cricket. Wow.
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you use your wrists to angle the bat as the ball makes contact, using the pace of the ball (and hopefully some good timing) to place it squarer, it allows you to meet the ball with a pretty much straight bat, so the danger isn't really there, although it should only be attempted to a half volley, a length ball might do a bit off the deck and compromise the shot, I did it quite successfully during my innings yesterday actually, on turf too.
Not that it was advice either ****, just something batsman can do as opposed to thinking playing straight is the only option early on
Playing in the V early in the innings was what was drilled into my head as a kid after we finished learning forward and back foot defence. Coach slapped us kids in the back of the head while keeping wicket until everyone got it right. So **** you if you think it was all for nothing.
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