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Safe Hands-Tips For How To Catch A Cricket Ball

If you are a batsmen or a bowler, everyone is expected to contribute in the field in modern day cricket. Your arm must be strong and accurate, but most importantly, you must be able to catch. Catches win matches as the old saying goes, and dropping a simple chance can be a terrible feeling during the game. Like anything in the game of cricket the proper technique is crucial, as well as plenty of practice. Be that on your own, or during match day situations. Different fielding positions require different skills, starting positions and techniques. For example, if the ball gets lofted high in the air and you are taking the ball at long off, then you have to watch it for a long time and then take it comfortably. In contrast, if you are in close at slip or short leg, then you have to be constantly ready and have…

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Advanced Swing Bowling- How To Reverse Swing A Cricket Ball

Following on form our orthodox swing tips on delivering the out swinger and in swinger, we have moved on to what some consider an even deadlier weapon. Reverse swing. Bowlers brought up on sub continent pitches have long been fantastic exponents of reverse swing. This is because unlike orthodox swing that thrives with a new ball, reverse swing is best with an old ball. Usually, this will be between 30-40 overs old when it starts to happen. The reason it is better in the subcontinent is because the ball rarely swings very much in places like India and Pakistan. Therefore, you need a different weapon for pace bowlers to take their wickets, and the rough dusty surfaces can really help deteriorate a ball to deliver the perfect reverse swing. Bowlers like Wasim Akram and Irfan Pathan have been masters at it, and England’s Tim Bresnan has also been known to…

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Bowling Basics-How To Swing A Cricket Ball

Swing bowling is one of the finest art forms the game of cricket has to offer. Huge modern day names such as James Anderson of England and Dale Steyn of South Africa have got it down to a fine art. Joining the likes to legends of the game such as all rounders Ian Botham and Richard Hadlee, and Pakistan duo Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. All these men perfected the art of swinging a cricket ball both ways, becoming much more deadly and skill full than just bowling out and out pace. They all had plenty of pace in their armoury, but swing adds so much more. Imagine facing deliveries of 85mph plus, that start to move in the air after being released from the hand. This has a huge advantage, as the batsmen will play down the line of the ball upon release, only to see it deviating as it…

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The Top 4 Best Cricket Bats in the World

Cricket is a sport that has worldwide appeal. The subcontinental countries have legions of fans in the tens of millions that worship the players that turn out for India, Pakistan and many more. Then you have the game’s most famous rivalry between England and Australia, and the introduction of T20 has made it even more popular around the globe. For those already in love with the game though, turning out on the weekends for their own local cricket club, the team at first rate sports decided to bring you something you are going to find invaluable; A selection of the best cricket bats on the market today. We will look at the difference in weights, size, bow and price so that you can make the most informed decision. Our teams recommendations are some of the best on the net, and have been thoroughly reviewed and tested to bring you the…