Cricket Clinic: Rob Key and guests offer tips to improve your game
Last Updated: 06/08/17 3:19pm
Rob Key and guests will be providing you with hints and tips to improve your game throughout the summer in our Cricket Clinic.
Any aspiring young cricketers can tweet questions, video clips or any problems they are having on the pitch, be it batting, bowling or fielding to @SkyCricket and Rob, with the help of a few special guests, will answer them and offer some potential solutions before play on the Sunday of every Test match.
So get your questions in now!
Back on his home ground, Lancashire lad Andrew Flintoff joined Rob Key for the latest coaching clinic, as did Shane Warne to give his top tips to young spinners. Warne talks about trying to get as straight as possible in your approach to the crease, getting your weight forward and trying to just spin the ball as much as possible when starting out, leaving the consistency to come later. Freddie, meanwhile, encourages young bowlers to follow through once they've delivered the ball, and also talks about his own struggles facing Warne with the bat and how he looked to combat that. We also catch a glimpse of young Freddie Jr having a bowl. England's next great all-rounder, maybe?
Having helped out in week two (see below), Shaun Pollock was back again, to demonstrate his top bowling drills for youngsters, including ensuring you lock your front leg in your delivery stride and how best to target the top of off-stump, like Morne Morkel does so effectively. Rob provides the batsman's perspective on how to negotiate such accurate seam bowling, while also running through some batting drills, like Tom Westley's one-handed routine.
Our second clinic of the summer is all about fast bowling and who better to offer expertise in that area than Michael Holding and Pollock. The pair join Rob and Ian Ward to offer advice on how to develop a run up that is comfortable and best for you - and why just charging in as fast as you can is not the way to go! They also analyse a few video clips and offer areas the young bowlers can work on to improve their actions, including how to maintain balance in your delivery stride and the importance of a strong wrist position. And for the batsmen, Rob explains how he went about facing some of the world's fastest bowlers.
In our first coaching clinic of the season, Rob is joined by Nasser Hussain and Ian Ward to go over the batting basics. How to grip the bat, which guard to take and finding the best stance for you. The trio also answer questions on whether to change stance, guard or both depending on the bowler, using Joe Root as an example of one way to go about it, and analyse a video clip of a young batsman advancing down the track.