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A pull shot requires a large amount of power. When the ball hits the pitch, the bat should be entering the downswing. Hit the ball in front of your eyes, keeping your arms straight for maximum power. The natural direction for the pull shot is between square leg and mid wicket.
Roll your wrists as you hit the ball -- if you want to keep the ball on the ground -- and aim to score four runs instead of six. Ask the bowler to bowl a bouncer. The hook shot can only be played when the ball approaches the batsman above the chest. Step across your stumps as the ball hits the pitch, and place the back foot just outside the imaginary line of the ball. Point the back foot toward mid-off.
Move the front foot alongside your back foot, but place the majority of your weight on the back foot. Make contact with the ball in front of your eyes. Keep your arms straight as your chest pivots around. Place your front foot inside the line of the ball. Keep the back foot still with the heal slightly raised. Point your toes on your front foot in the direction you want the ball to go.
Keep the bat on the downswing as the ball approaches. A lofted drive requires a high backswing. Use the right hand to hit through the line of the ball in a swinging, not punching, motion. A normal straight drive uses the left hand to keep the ball on the floor; a lofted straight drive requires more use of the bottom or right hand on the bat. Video of the Day. How to Compress Iron Shots. The strategic criteria for trading these is basically the same as for 50 over matches. This is a global phenomenon, with four main club tournaments and an international scene.
The biggest club tournament is the Indian Premier League , played over six weeks in April. In England there is the Twenty20 Cup. Australia hosts the Big Bash and finally the Caribbean T Most popular markets Match: General Rules Know the players, their skills-set, preferred formats and conditions While many players perform across all formats - e. Stuart Broad, Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis - most tend to reserve their best cricket for ideal conditions and format.
It is perfectly possible to be the world's best in one format while a non-entity in others. For example, West Indian all-rounder Kieran Pollard is one of the most valuable T20 players, a regular star at international tournaments and pretty good over 50 overs too.
Yet in Tests, Pollard is an abject failure. Alternatively, Australian captain Michael Clarke is one of the best Test and 50 over batsmen in the world, yet ineffectual at T Only the very best can perform well in all conditions.
For example, most batsmen from the Indian sub-continent have failed to make the same impact when touring England, Australia and South Africa. The reason is that they learn the game and play mostly on Indian pitches, which tend to be slow, with much lower bounce than encountered in those other countries.
Equally for the same reason, English players have rarely produced their very best on sub-continent pitches. Learn to read how a pitch will play and whether it will deteriorate. As illustrated above, pitch conditions are pivotal and reading them is one of the keys to successful betting. Arguably, the pace of the pitch, how much help it offers to bowlers and how quickly it deteriorates will have as great an impact on the outcome of a match or an innings total as the players themselves.
Ideally, one should always have an opinion on whether the pitch will favour batsmen or bowlers and which type; how it will be playing later in the day or in Test matches, tomorrow; what the run-rate will be in both the short-term and over the course of the innings and match.
This subject is a constant matter of discussion among commentators, whose expertise in this regard is invaluable while you learn the art, and a useful extra opinion once it has been mastered. Understand the impact of the weather Likewise the overhead conditions not only determine whether there is to be play or not, but the nature of the match.
If there's plenty of cloud cover, swing bowlers will enjoy a marked advantage and batting totals are likely to be substantially lower than average. If the sun is out, those faster bowlers will receive much less assistance, transferring the advantage to the batsman. However constant sunshine will bake and break up the pitch, favouring spinners later in the game. An extreme example is Headingley , a ground famous for favouring swing bowling, but that has also seen many scores over in good weather.
During the Ashes series, Australia bowled England out in bowler-friendly overcast conditions on the first day for just , before making on the same pitch once the sun came out. This despite England being clearly the better side over the course of the series. When bad weather causes the number of overs to be reduced in one-day matches, a complex formula known as the Duckworth Lewis method is used to reset batting totals.
This can have a huge impact on the match winner market and requires monitoring. In Tests, the draw often trades extremely short before the pitch suddenly deteriorates and teams often fail to chase down supposedly easy targets in all formats. Equally, the runs total markets regularly see massive upsets. A fairly frequent scenario involves a team losing its last five wickets for less than 50 runs.
In both scenarios, some very short-priced bets will have lost. Study stats and past results at each ground Before trading any match, check out past results at the ground in question, using a tool like Stats Guru on www. Past trends at virtually every ground will offer useful clues, with regards the match winner, pitch characteristics, innings totals and run-rate.
See below for examples. Often analysis of the teams, weather and ground stats will point in one clear direction. When it does, don't be afraid to take short odds as there are many rock-solid favourites in Test cricket For the reasons mentioned above, home conditions offer a significant advantage. Consider the results of India , the over world champions and usually a strong challenger for the top Test ranking.
Since the beginning of , they've won 10 out of 15 home Tests, losing only once. Away from home, they've only won four from 20 and lost their last eight to England and Australia.
Yet in those two away series, because India are roughly of the same standard in general terms, neither home side was prohibitively priced before landing comprehensive victories.
Even when the odd upset does occur, the clues are often there. Take South Africa, a top team with a daunting long-term home record at most, if not all, venues.
At a time when they were constantly challenging for world number one status, the Proteas lost all four Tests played in Durban between and Despite the bad omens, the outsiders started the last two matches as big outsiders, on the basis of wider form at different grounds. Lay the draw on pitches likely to deteriorate While being careful not to get caught out by the weather, trading the draw price in-running offers a chance to utilise all that stats and pitch analysis.