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Part I: Batting Chapter 1. Starting an Innings Chapter 2. Seeing Off the New Ball Chapter 3. Running Aggressively Chapter 4. Some Rules for Running Between Wickets Chapter 5. Hitting to the Gaps Chapter 6. Dancing With the Spinners Chapter 7. Backing Up-It's so Easy Chapter 8. Improvising-A Risky Business Chapter 9. Reading the Game Chapter 10. Farming the Strike Chapter 11. Lofting With the Wind Chapter 12. Staying Alert as a Night Watchman Chapter 13. Using the Bowling Machine Wisely Chapter 14. The Communication Triangle When an Injured Batter Isn't Running Chapter 15. Breaks in Batting Equal Breaks in Concentration Chapter 16. Ones and Twos Make Sense Chapter 17. Beware the Full Toss Chapter 18. A Wicket Falls-You're In! Chapter 19. Staying in by Getting to the Other End Chapter 20. Wag the Tail Part II: Bowling Chapter 21. Bowling to Plans Chapter 22. Shine, Don't Whine! Chapter 23. Persist, Persist, Persist: A Bowler's Mantra Chapter 24. Bowling Is Just Like Archery: Hit the Spot to Win Gold! Chapter 25. Analyse, Don't Criticise! Chapter 26. Use the Wind to Your Advantage Chapter 27. Practise Like Tennis Players Chapter 28. Learn to Mask Your Deliveries Chapter 29. Variety Is the Spice of Bowling Life Chapter 30. Six-Packs Can Be Spun for More Fun! Part III: Fielding Chapter 31. Anticipating the Shot Chapter 32. Running in Pairs Chapter 33. Setting Up the Relay Chapter 34. Back Up, Don't Muck Up! Chapter 35. The Value of a Knock-Down Chapter 36. Percentage Fielding Chapter 37. Taking the Stumps When Appropriate Chapter 38. Be a Fielder, Not a Spectator Chapter 39. Slip It On and Cover Them Up Chapter 40. Stay Low and Throw Low Chapter 41. Slide for Speed, Not for Show! Chapter 42. 'Bend ze Knees' Chapter 43. Become a Star Fielder off Your Own Bowling Chapter 44. Making Run-Outs Routine Chapter 45. Batters Can Spin, Too! Chapter 46. Use the Right Throw at the Right Time Chapter 47. Bounce the Ball Into the Keeper's Gloves, Not at His Shins! Chapter 48. Swarm Like Bees to the Honey Pot Chapter 49. Set the Table Chapter 50. Cricket Is Not Baseball Part IV: Leadership Chapter 51. To Bat, or Not to Bat-That Is the Question Chapter 52. Avoid Pressuring Bowlers Chapter 53. Get the Angles Right Chapter 54. Remember the Mid-On Chapter 55. Is the Second New Ball Overrated? Chapter 56. A Positive Attitude Is Infectious Chapter 57. Create the Unexpected Chapter 58. Place Your Fielders Strategically Chapter 59. Change Bowlers Before It's Too Late Chapter 60. Declarations Must Optimise Your Chance of Winning Chapter 61. The Captain Is More Than a Figurehead Chapter 62. Respect Takes Time to Earn and Just Moments to Lose! Chapter 63. Feel the Difference Chapter 64. Become Your Own Coach Chapter 65. What Should Coaches Expect From Their Players? Chapter 66. What Should Players Expect From Their Coach? Chapter 67. Backyards and Beaches Are Great Nurseries Chapter 68. Train as You Play Chapter 69. Coaching Wicketkeepers Is Often an Afterthought Part V: General Chapter 70. It's Not Offensive to Be Defensive! Chapter 71. Learn From Mistakes, Don't Repeat Them Chapter 72. Silent Nights Are Golden Chapter 73. Do More Chapter 74. Come to Practise, Don't Turn Up for Practice Chapter 75. Concentrate! Chapter 76. Game-like Training Chapter 77. Bring On the Spotlights: Tips for Playing in Finals Chapter 78. The Power of the Leading Arm Chapter 79. There's no I in 'Team' Chapter 80. Be in the Team, Not Just on the Team Sheet Chapter 81. Team Behaviour on Game Day Chapter 82. Play Other Sports Chapter 83. Practise With Distractions Chapter 84. When to Watch the Players, Not the Ball Chapter 85. Grow a Tree That Produces Fruit Every Year Chapter 86. Taking It One Step at a Time Chapter 87. When Things Are Going Badly, Think of the Forest After a Fire Chapter 88. The Power of Peer Assessment Chapter 89. Playing With Pain Is a Balancing Act Chapter 90. Evaluating Performance: Moving Beyond Statistics Chapter 91. Body Language Tells a Story Chapter 92. Versatility in an Increasingly Specialised World Chapter 93. Winning Premierships: The Ultimate Team Reward (Neil's Story) Chapter 94. Kicking Goals to Launch a Season Chapter 95. Make Your Home Ground Away From Home Chapter 96. What if Your Nightmares Come True? Chapter 97. Boys to Men Chapter 98. When David Beat Goliath (Ken's Story) Chapter 99. Gaining Wisdom

About the Author

Dr. Ken Davis has played and coached cricket at a high level, coached both men's and women's teams and provided support to players as a sport psychologist. In 1975 he completed a master's degree in physical education in Perth, Western Australia, where his thesis on cinematographic analysis of fast bowling in cricket became the catalyst for over 30 years of research into this explosive and often potentially harmful motion. In 1989 he completed a PhD in sport psychology from Florida State University. He has worked with several elite athletes and teams in the role of sport psychologist, most notably with the Geelong and Richmond football teams in the Australian Football League. Since 2000 Ken has worked at Cricket Victoria in a variety of roles, including coaching the successful Victorian Spirit women's team as well as leading the Australian women's youth team on tours of New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Neil Buszard played over 300 games of Premier cricket and had a division of the Victorian Premier Cricket competition named in his honour during the 2006-07 season. He was also a very successful baseball player, representing Australia as a third baseman and also winning the coveted Helms Award as the best player in Australia. Graduates of Buszard's innovative and balanced training programme have become elite cricketers, and many have made their mark in other fields as well, including cricket administration. Neil has great people skills as well as cricket skills: His unbridled enthusiasm for the game, coupled with his energetic and thoughtful approach to performance enhancement, has long placed him at the forefront of coaching in Australia.


"Practical, accessible, and easy to follow! Reading this book means you'll need a bulletproof excuse for why you managed to run out your skipper yet again. It also contains a Bradman reference-what's not to like?"Ed Davis -- All Out Cricket Magazine "Setting goals early provides a focus for young players, but achieving the goals takes dedication, ability, and a well-developed technique. The tips in this book provide the foundation for the continued development of every young cricketer."Arnie Sidebottom -- Former Yorkshire and England Fast Bowler

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