“I look to play [the late block]…every ball I face” !! @ABdeVilliers via @CricketYard

More insight from AB de Villiers – “I look to block pretty much every ball I face”.

This from the man who has just hit an ODI century in only 57 balls!

via How I play my most important shot, the late block – AB de Villiers, on CricketYard.com.

But de Villiers’ “late block” is not the textbook forward defence, nor is it a defensive option.  Rather than a full stride, it is played from a front-foot press trigger move.  And the ball is played very late, and only if an aggressive stroke isn’t possible.

Published by Andrew Beaven

Cricket coach, fascinated by the possibilities offered by the game. More formally - ECB level 2 cricket coach; ECB National Programmes (All Stars & Dynamos Cricket) Activator Tutor; Chance to Shine & Team Up (cricket) deliverer; ECB ACO umpire.

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