1210, 2017

Nic Maddinson – The hunger for runs is back

Nic Maddinson batting for Eastern Suburbs CC in the Sydney Premier cricket competition (Photo: Barry Clarence) “Cricket is such a mental game, especially at the professional level." Nic Maddinson is one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball in world cricket and has always been seen as an unbelievable 'talent' who has lots of 'potential'. [...]

1005, 2017

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 [...]

2504, 2017

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 [...]

803, 2017

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 [...]

802, 2017

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 [...]