Category Archives: Cricket Psychology

Cricket Psychology: Australia – Decisiveness!

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At last! An act of clarity and decisiveness from Cricket Australia. For months under the strained leadership of South African Micky Arthur, the Aussies have looked hopeless. Off field issues have created a sense of an ill-disciplined outfit. On field performances have been sub-standard. This was a team heading for certain Ashes humiliation. And so before it’s too late, the… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: England – Choking!

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It’s the final of the Champions Trophy, and England finally have a fifty-over title in their grasp. Somerset’s Josh Buttler comes to the wicket with an achievable target of nineteen runs in sight. Buttler’s first delivery from Ravi Jadeja is ugly. He takes an agricultural swipe at the ball and misses. Bowled. From here on in, England lose all momentum,… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Australia Cricket – Leadership!

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Once upon a time it would have been unthinkable. That the Australian cricket team, the standard bearers of everything Australian, would appoint a South African as Head Coach. It’s a high risk strategy and one that is looking flawed as we speak. For why would the self-reliant Australians need an injection of South African values? Have they become too soft… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Tom Maynard – A Warrior Spirit!

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This morning Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard passed away. I had the pleasure of knowing Tom for three years, and he was a truly special individual. Tom had an unwavering sense of principle and deep rooted values, that he always held to, allied with a warrior spirit that loved a challlenge. Tom had no fear of failure, and loved to test… Read more »

Cricket Psychology: Glamorgan – A Team Without A Cause!

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On Wednesday at The Oval, Surrey and Glamorgan met in a CB40 over game, that was dedicated to the memory of Tom Maynard. Tom played with great passion for both clubs, and it was fitting to see both teams carry his name on the back of their shirts. However, only one of the teams played in a manner befitting his… Read more »

Sports Psychology: Sachin Tendulkar – Ninety-Nine

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Since March 2011 Sachin Tendulkar has been stuck on ninety-nine test hundreds. Every time he walks to the wicket, the eyes of the cricketing world are on him. He’s probably being adviced to bat normally. Which is what he has done to secure ninety-nine centuries. But it’s very hard to bat normally when cricketing history awaits you. Tendulkar could easily… Read more »

Cricket Psychology – Who Picks The Leicester Team?

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There is nothing more fascinating for the sporting public, than a row to break-out from within a teams dressing room. Where matters that should be private and confidential, enter the public domain. In this case, its the Leicester CCC captain Matthew Hoggard and coach Tim Boon, in a spat with county chairman Neil Davidson. Davidson has apparently, been interfering in… Read more »

Cricket Psychology – The Mystery Of Kevin Pietersen

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Its the penultimate round of County Championship matches. Glamorgan are on the verge of promotion back to Division One. A win at Surrey may secure their elevation. But in the Surrey ranks, making his debut, is Kevin Pietersen. Dropped from the England 20/20 squad, Pietersen has been asked to return to the county ranks to discover his form. But how… Read more »

Cricket Psychology – Alastair Cook & The Trigger Movements

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So another failure for Alastair Cook in the test series against Pakistan. The debate around the England opener, has centred around Cook’s trigger movements. A batsman’s trigger movements are designed to help him both get in position, and then react to the ball. But trigger movements are meant to provide stability, like a golfer and their pre-shot routine. They give… Read more »

Cricket: England – Leadership!

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It’s the third one-day international, between England and the West Indies. England are reeling at 88 for 8. On a winter tour, where the only game they have won, was one where the West Indies coach made a bad mistake calculating the Duckworth-Lewis system, it’s a further example of a team performing without a purpose. This tour, was meant to… Read more »