Technique vs Basics
A coach may not
recognise the importance of separating these terms and could easily dismiss
them as unimportant. Understanding them though, can sometimes be the difference
between success and failure for a player.
All players, irrespective of age or ability, must practice technique, but in a game they must simply DO the basics. Just think of the possible disasters that await the batsman who thinks about technique as the ball comes down the pitch. By the time he's thought about where his foot should be, his stumps are flattened.
Perhaps this notion might just emphasise the importance of practice sessions. What are you actually trying to achieve when you go to practice? Well the answer to that question might now be a little more obvious than a few minutes ago: You are trying to make your techniques automatic, so that you can trust them in a game and devote your entire concentration to the basics.
I hope I have made my point, I believe it is a vital one. Many cricketers have no idea why they go to practice, they swing the bat wildly in the nets or consistently bowl no balls, bouncers and wides or jog around the ground getting fit; well practice has a purpose and that purpose must be recognised and the opportunities should not be wasted.
Adapted from Cricket Skills, by Frank Tyson and John Harris