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How To Take The Correct Stance

How To Take The Correct Stance

Whether you are an International cricketer or play on your local village green, you always need the correct playing stance. Learn the basics of cricket with this simple step-by-step video.

Step 1: You will need

  • 1 cricket bat
  • 1 pair of cricket gloves
  • 1 pair of cricket pads
  • 1 helmet
  • 1 thigh pad
  • 1 box

Step 2: Making your mark

When a batsman first gets to the crease he should put a mark on the crease to indicate where the stumps behind him are. It is normal practice to ask the umpire to give him guidance.

Step 3: Left or right handed?

The batting stance principles are the same for right and left-handers. The right-hander should have their left foot forward. The left-hander should have their right foot forwards

Step 4: The feet

You are now ready to assume the batting stance. The feet should be approximately a foot apart either side of the crease. It is the base to play all your shots, so remember to be comfortable and relaxed. The batsman should be side on when the bowler is about to deliver

Step 5: Balance

The weight of the batsman should be on the balls of their feet, with the knees slightly bent. This means they can transfer quickly to either their front or back foot depending on the length of the ball

Step 6: Getting comfortable

The top hand rests comfortably on the inside of the front thigh

Step 7: Ready to play

You are now ready to start practising your batting - in time you will use this stance to play a number of different shots and hopefully score some runs.