On Body movements & Grip
Have a look at my left elbow. In the side-on position with the left
elbow, the left elbow tends to get in the line of vision
sometimes. But the Kent lads' years ago when Norty used to play
designed a grip which would stop the left elbow (For the right handers
I mean) from getting in line of the vision of the ball. And what Norty
used to do is put his hand behind the bat like this. And if you grip
the bat like this, even if you play side-on, your left elbow is still
going to go out of the line of vision. So that was Norty's way.
So I am saying that even if you are playing side-on and if your left
elbow is getting into the line of vision, it might be something that
you can tell the kids that you might have to change the grip.
What I am doing here today is to give you the options of how you can
play the short-pitched ball. I don't believe there is no one set way
of playing. I personally I like the chest-on position, because it
helped me to be more positive and sometimes when you go to places like
Australia and if you got someone like Devon Malcom and these guys who
are coming at you, you got to be prepared to fight fire by fire.
You can play both of these shots in any position that you like but I
am saying that with a side-on position you tend that you got to bring
your leg across in order to get the ball there and to me that is very
I like the chest -on position because it'll give me the option that I
can pull if the ball doesn't bounce and I think it is a more positive
position to be in.
I am going to get them to chuck some balls at me at a rapid pace
because when you are batting, sometimes you only got a split second to
react. I am going to finish on that.
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