World Twenty20 Zone: Bat like Joe Root and Ricky Ponting - and move like Rob Key!
Get into the Zone on match-day as our experts dissect all of the action...
Last Updated: 06/04/14 3:00pm
Our pundits have limbered up and are game-ready to dissect the key moments and big talking points from the action in Bangladesh - and to prove they've still got the skills and competitive edge to replicate the best players in world cricket!
With injured England batsman Joe Root, Australian legend Ricky Ponting and West Indies big-hitter Kieron Pollard among those making guest appearances and Marcus Trescothick, Rob Key, Dirk Nannes and Damien Martyn joining our team - led by Mike Atherton, David Lloyd and Ian Ward - these are net sessions you simply can't miss.
So get into the Zone and check out our archive below...
Ricky Ponting and Rob Key run the rule over some of the dangermen aiming to propel their team to the World T20 finals. Ricky demonstrates just how hard it is to keep out a Lasith Malinga yorker while Rob shows just how hard it is to ramp the Sri Lankan fast bowler. With spin expected to play a big part in Dhaka, the lads also look at the threat posed by Samuel Badree and Imran Tahir.
He smashed 34 off 13 balls to steer West Indies to victory over Australia, sparking his team's wild celebrations. So when Darren Sammy has you in his sights, how should you bowl to him? Dominic Cork fires up the bowling machine to see if mixing it up to Sammy - here played by Ricky Ponting - can dry up the runs.
Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath destroyed New Zealand with a sublime spell of slow bowling, dictating terms from the off. So how should the Black Caps have handled Herath? Ricky Ponting analyses the Kiwis' varying techniques and explains how stepping back and playing the spinner through the off-side might have been a better option.
Subtleties of spin
If you're a spinner lacking a mystery ball, what tricks can you use to unsettle a batsman? Former England slow bowler Rob Key explains the subtleties of orthodox off-spin - starting from the run-up to the actual point of delivery. Crofty demonstrates how to bowl the top-spinner and the slider while Robert Key, giving the batsman's perspective, explains what to look out for.
Ponting's perfect run out
He's got 80 international run outs to his name - more than any other player - so what made Ricky Ponting so deadly in the circle? The former Australian skipper tests his arm once again by demonstrating a throwing drill that anyone can do, explaining the key to creating the perfect angle and the importance of keeping your eye-line straight. Practice, of course, makes perfect - but it can also win you selection over a team-mate.
Play like Ponting
Modern great and former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who retired with 41 Test hundreds to his name, gives an exclusive insight into his batting methods and habits - including how he played the pull shot with such authority. Check out his thoughts on the stance, back-lift and how to score all around the wicket.
A Dale tale
Pace ace Dale Steyn played a blinder to ensure South Africa pipped New Zealand in a thrilling Group 1 match in Chittagong, which went down to the last over. Former Australia internationals Dirk Nannes and Damien Martyn attempt to recreate the drama with Nannes playing the role of Steyn and Martyn performing as New Zealand's batsmen. Who will triumph this time?
The crucial 18th over in Pakistan's victory over Australia got our team thinking - just how do you take on Saeed Ajmal? Damien Martyn steps up to the crease to explain the different options a batsman has when facing mystery spin from over the wicket and how those opportunities change when the bowler mixes it up and changes the angle to around the wicket, and alters his length and pace. Australia take note...
Injured England batsman Joe Root joins Ian Ward and Rob Key to give an insight into his prolific run-scoring form in T20 cricket. The 23-year-old - who averages 50.66 in seven international matches - discusses his own game, including the importance of setting a strong base, range hitting and how to play the ramp and the sweep - conventional and reverse.
Move like Keysy
It's Rob Key - but not as you know him! Fleet of foot at the crease, the Kent skipper proves he's also got all the moves off the cricket pitch as he's caught on camera preparing for what, presumably, is a big night out in Canterbury. Relive the moment when Ian Ward and Dominic Cork sprung a surprise on Keysy by screening his nifty footwork. Strictly must-watch video...
Pace is Key
Can Dominic Cork use the slower ball to stop Rob Key scoring 10 runs off four balls? The Kent skipper gives an insight into what to look out for when trying to pick slower balls - and how you work out what ball is the danger delivery and which one you can stick in the stands. Competitive Cork, though, is having none of it and is committed to winning the challenge...
The inside Scoop
There's nothing more dangerous in T20 cricket than a batsman with a 360-degree range of attack - but can anyone learn to play the scoop shot? Rob Key talks us through the essential skills you need to replicate Jos Buttler and deposit the ball over the wicketkeeper's head or fine leg, for four or six, regardless of whether the delivery is on the stumps or outside off-peg.
England in a spin
England's frailty against slow bowling is well documented - but it's something they must address if they are to reach the latter stages of this competition. Dirk Nannes and Rob Key have their say on England's problems and suggest how the struggling batsmen could overcome their difficulties - and how practising with a slender bat could help them beat their demons.
Key: how to play mystery spin
Mystery spin can bamboozle batsmen and send them packing or, at the very least, restrict their scoring opportunities whilst at the crease. So how do you play the likes of Sunil Narine and Saeed Ajmal? Rob Key takes up the challenge by looking at different stances and movements, as well the benefits of the sweep and reverse sweep shots.
Pollard: how to hit huge
Fancy bludgeoning the ball like immense West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard? The Trinidadian - one of the biggest hitters in world cricket - brought in his gargantuan bat to demonstrate the art of power-hitting. Watch his top tips as well as the tactics former England seamer Dominic Cork would urge bowlers to use in order to avoid being clubbed around the park...