The Zone: Sky Cricket experts on sweeping, keeping and catching
Prior, Key and Trescothick deliver masterclasses...
Last Updated: 05/11/15 2:56pm
As England’s cricketers battle Pakistan in a sun-soaked UAE, our experts have been taking to the Zone to assess the challenges they’re facing.
So click the links below to see how to catch at slip in the Emirates, keep wicket in sweltering temperatures, complete difficult stumping chances, combat a reverse-swing bowler, deal with leg-spin and much more besides…
Keeping in the heat
In the opening Test, in Abu Dhabi, Matt analysed why switching off between deliveries is crucial in such intense temperatures for a 'keeper, why he would tell his first slip where to stand, and why there's no substitute for hard work in training. Watch the video here.
Securing a stumping
Matt was back for game three in Sharjah and talked stumpings after Jonny Bairstow missed a chance to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez off the bowling of Adil Rashid. Matt explained how to whip off the bails at the crucial moment and why MS Dhoni is so good at it. Watch the video here
After Ian Bell shelled a couple of dollies on day one of the first Test, meanwhile, Matt Prior - who was part of the England squad that toured the UAE in 2012 - demonstrated how to field in the cordon in the Emirates when the ball is staying so low. Watch the video here.
Negating Pakistan's spinners
England were bamboozled by spin in 2012 and troubled by it again in 2015, so how do you go about stifling slow bowlers in the UAE? Prior explained why moving towards leg and protecting your off- stump with your bat is one solution - and why sweeping is a risky strategy. Watch the video here.
Nailing the sweep
The premeditated sweep can come in handy at certain points, though, as Alastair Cook proved in his mammoth 263 in Abu Dhabi. Kent batsman Key says you must not plant your foot but get your head to the ball and bring your hands down from high. Watch the video here.
Facing the short ball
Paceman can also be key in the subcontinent. Here, Key reveals the secrets to dealing with the short ball on slow tracks, explaining why you need to be aggressive and why - unless your name is Steve Waugh - you should sway rather than duck if you opt to leave the ball. Watch the video here.
Key also dissected what not to do when facing reverse swing - getting stuck in your crease is a real no-no - before Prior clarified why small movements and watching the ball closely are vital when batting and why length is paramount for the bowler. Watch the video here.