1. Not warming up – The warm up is not only about injury prevention. A good warm up improves your performance by mobilising your key muscles so they can be used both more quickly, powerfully and with better timing. A good 15-20 minute warm up is vital before every session or match if you want to get the best from your skills.
  2. Warming up badly – This is almost as bad as not warming up. A bad warm up can slow you down and cause injury. It is important that you warm up for long enough before you pick up a bat or ball and don’t do any static stretching.
  3. Playing without a goal – Going to the nets or a game without a goal is not a very effective approach. It is far better to know what you are aiming for. In tests, the people who did the best were those who set goals compared to those who just tried their best.
  4. Avoiding fitness – Good fitness training is both enjoyable and vital for your game.
  5. Being too specific – Cricket is a game of skill, but just practicing cricket skills will not improve your general sports skills such as speed, agility, power and mobility.
  6. Not being specific enough – It is vital to develop both cricket and general sports skills. It is counter productive to train in ways that are not related to cricket at all.
  7. Not drinking enough – Dehydration is a major cause of performance loss.
  8. Staying the same – Different times of the year call for different approaches to training. If you train the same all the time your body and mind will get used to training and you will stop improving.
  9. Doing too much – Make sure that you have a rest from training at least once a week.
  10. Giving up after failure – If you drop a catch in the slips you may tell yourself you are a bad slip fielder, if you are not getting results quickly in the gym you pack it in. Failure is an indicator that you are learning. Good players keep trying.

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