Category Archives: Cricket Psychology

Cricket Psychology: England – Understanding Kevin

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England’s less than successful cricket tour to Australia ended a couple of weeks ago. But the recriminations are still rumbling on. After a week of speculation on who said what about who, The ECB finally took the bull by the horns and sacked Kevin Pietersen as a contracted player. The debate about whether this was the correct course of action,… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: England – A Team With No Mind!

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The holy grail for any team or collective is to be of one mind. United in thought and deed. All working towards the same outcome. A team dynamic where everyone feels important and a key part of the group. Where the individual is given clear roles and responsibilities. And thus they know exactly how their contribution aids the collective success…. Read more »

Cricket Psychology: Andy Flower – Leadership Fatigue!

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So despite a declared intention to remain the Team Director of the England cricket team, Andy Flower will no longer be at the helm as England rebuild following the Ashes debacle. It could be argued that Flower had earnt the opportunity to put right the wrongs of Australia. That having led England to the coveted position of number one in… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: England – The Batting Collapse!

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It’s an Ashes tour that has shown England to be adept at something they would definately prefer not to be known for. Batting collapses. Clusters of wickets going down for next to no runs. It happened in Melbourne with six wickets being lost for a mere nine runs. A position of strength was surrendered, and with it went the Fourth… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: England – Forgetting How To Win!

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It’s almost time to get the plane home! After their eleventh defeat in twelve games, England appear to have lost the will to compete against The Australians. In sport, winning is a habit. And so is losing. Players can take the field, somehow expecting things to go wrong. A mood envelopes the group, whereby no one is prepared to take… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: England – Soul Searching & Harsh Reality!

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It’s England wicket-keeper Matt Prior, speaking ahead of the third test at The WACA. England are on the verge of losing the Ashes. And Dr Reality has come to town. Matt Prior is speaking frankly. He is explaining that the players have been brutally honest with each other, and telling it like it is. And this is good. And how… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: England – Finding Defiance!

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Sometime through the first Ashes test in Brisbane, it looked like little had changed. Stuart Broad, supremely focused and positively thriving on the uninhibited insults from the tetchy locals, was putting Australia to the sword. The dominance England had established in the home series, looked set to continue. Then the game dynamic was turned upside down. Brad Hadden and Mitchell… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: Jonathan Trott – Strength In Vulnerability

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It’s the first Ashes test at Brisbane and Jonathan Trott is being peppered by short pitched hostile, aggressive Australian bowling. There is also no shortage of sledging and verbal intimidation. Trott has founded his England career on a rock-solid temperament and mental clarity. But out in the cauldron of Brisbane, he appears to be desperately short of confidence and self-belief…. Read more »

Cricket Psychology: Simon Kerrigan – Exclusion!

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It was a dream come true. One week playing in the second division of the County Championship. The next making his England test debut in the final Ashes encounter at The Oval. A dream come true, until he was handed the ball by Alistair Cook mid-way through the first afternoon. Then nerves got the better of Simon Kerrigan. Unable to… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: James Anderson – Visualization!

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With Australia going for lunch on the final day at Trent Bridge, in touching distance of their challenging target, England re-grouped in the home dressing-room, under-pressure. But knowing that it only took one ball to break the tough Australian resistance. It’s the kind of scenario that top players relish. The game appears to be drifiting away from you. Under the… Read more »