Your success starts in your mind

“No human is limited. It’s not about the legs. It’s about the heart and mind. With a strong heart and good mind you can do it. If you don’t rule your mind it can rule you.” - Eliud Kipchoge  On Saturday, Olympic marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge went where no human had ever been before. Aiming to be the first [...]

Learn and bat better – lessons from Chris Rogers

Chris 'Bucky' Rogers batting for Somerset in one of his 554 First-class innings I once spoke to a former professional player who became a coach in the professional ranks and asked him whether he would change his technique during the season during his playing career. He responded in the negative. About the writer: Chris 'Bucky' Rogers [...]

How to convert your starts

Scoring hundreds is always fun. Player pictured: Somerset captain Tom Abell (Photo: John Moore) Convert your starts. It is a common phrase in cricket. It is a phrase all batsmen have heard. It is every batsman's aim to convert all his or her starts into big scores. Alex Malcolm after scoring 112no in a final at the [...]

How perfectionism strangles performance

'Perfectionism (noun) - Refusal to accept any standard short of perfection' Last week, 10 minutes into a session with a talented young batter, I asked: “How do you think you’re going?” His answer was something that, as a mentor, I hear all the time. “Ok”, he said. “A bit rusty, but ok.” I was flicking balls at a good [...]

How self-reflection can be the change you’re looking for

At the risk of sounding like the overachiever at school making a high school Valedictorian address, I would like to quote the German scientist Albert Einstein; Big Al defines Insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. About the writer: Sean Terry is a former First-class cricketer and a current member [...]

How to fast-track your experience

Spending a season playing cricket overseas is something all young cricketers must do! It allows you to stay fit, travel, meet new people and have the time of your life while playing good, competitive cricket. About the writer: Andy Delmont played 6 Sheffield Shield and 3 one day matches for South Australia. He was contracted with [...]

Let the batters bat

The Australian cricketers and batsmen in particular are under huge pressure at the moment. With collapses of 10 for 86, 10 for 85 and 8 for 32 in their last three test innings, there’s no denying they have underperformed. Every player would be disappointed with their own results and ultimately they are responsible for their performances. However, should we [...]

A winning mindset

"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than the explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." [...]

Trust your instincts

"I get 0.5 seconds to react to a ball, sometimes even less than that. I can't be thinking of what XYZ has said about me. I need to surrender myself to my natural instincts. My subconscious mind knows exactly what to do. It is trained to react." - Sachin Tendulkar I am often asked how come I started [...]