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How to play the forward defensive cricket shot

A defensive stroke played to a ball of good length or slightly fuller that would otherwise hit, or pass close to the stumps

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Relaxed, balanced stance, head still, eyes level (Front View)

Relaxed, balanced stance, head still, eyes level (Front View)

Phase one Side View

Phase one Side View

Backswing & step forward, eyes fixed on ball throughout

Backswing & step forward, eyes fixed on ball throughout

Phase Two Side View

Phase Two Side View

Base established, front knee bent, comfortable stride

Base established, front knee bent, comfortable stride

Shoulders rotate vertically to begin downswing, bat decelerates to contact

Shoulders rotate vertically to begin downswing, bat decelerates to contact

Contact under eyes, full face of bat

Contact under eyes, full face of bat

Back heel raised, relaxed bottom hand, balance maintained

Back heel raised, relaxed bottom hand, balance maintained

Set Up - Practice, underarm low serve to just in front of batter, batter to play with soft hands so ball trickles back to server

Set Up - Practice, underarm low serve to just in front of batter, batter to play with soft hands so ball trickles back to server

Batter to say ready, 4/5 goes each then rotate. Progression - "play or leave"

Batter to say ready, 4/5 goes each then rotate. Progression - "play or leave"

  • Bat
  • Ball
  • Stumps
  • 3 players