Bowling meditation

  • How my legs & feet are moving as I approach the wicket;
  • where back- and front-foot land, and the sensations from the floor;
  • tension between index & middle fingers, spread around the seam;
  • how the bowling arm unfurls from the gather and swings down, then up again, over-the-top or slightly round-arm;
  • the feel of the ball as it is released…

And repeat.

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My 2019 highlight? Not what you might think.

It has been an incredible summer of international cricket.

England ODI World Champions; Super Over finish; heroics from Ben Stokes.

An enthralling, fluctuating Ashes series. Steve Smith (boo…oh, but he is incredible); Stokes’ batting (again). Jofra Archer’s pace. Amazing, impossible catching.

But what makes a “great” moment truly “great”?

For me, as a spectator (and coach), greatness is demonstrated in the player’s commitment to perform at their absolute best, all of the time.

It doesn’t matter the level of competition, or the venue — cricket is a game played best when it is played “properly”, whatever the context.

It can seem like a cliche, but playing every game, every moment, as if it could be your last on the playing field.

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