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Mark Prosser
Mark Prosser

I’d like to get some advice about the wicket keeping crouch position.

I see keepers today with wide stances especially up the stumps and wonder how awkward they look and the pressure they have on their thighs to stay low and come up with the ball.

Growing up keepers generally had their feet shoulder width apart and looked more comfortable with their gloves coming up with the ball. Ian Healy for example.

With such a wide stance also does it affect the bigger edges off the spinners hitting their legs as opposed to travelling through to first slip?

Should we be advising young keepers to keep their feet shoulder width apart or is the wide stance ok?

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7 months ago

We have a young wicket keeper in our club who moves really well to his left but struggles moving to his right. Last season he missed a few catches with the balls going between himself and first slip off right hander batters. He didn’t have the same problem with left hand batters.
Can we ask what training drill we could help him with leading into this season?

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10 months ago

Carey stumps Bairstow and the Spirit of Cricket

In almost every game of cricket at any level around the world, you will see a wicket keeper standing back to the fast and medium pace bowlers. At some stage during an innings, the wicket keeper will take the ball the batter either let's go or misses and, in the same motion under arm it back towards the stumps in the hope the batter is out of their crease.

It's been happening since the game began and every wicket keeper, including all our favourite test keepers, have done it at some stage.

Why now, when Alex Carey, in the same motion, does it in a test match for Australia against England and Jonny Bairstow strangely walks out of his crease and is run out are some people so upset and screaming from the rooftops?

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12 months ago

The following were my guiding principles as a wicket keeper

1. The nuts and bolts - footwork and hands. Hard work to develop technique and fitness that will stand up under pressure and tiredness both up to the stumps and back.
2. Run the fielding standard, set the example, and expect standards from the team.
3. Be the captain’s and bowler’s aid - field setting, bowling changes, ideas, advice.
4. Be a good team man and always be involved in the group activities.
5. Work harder than everyone else. Only one of you so the position deserves respect if you want to keep it.

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last year

They three key roles of a wicket keeper in my mind are:

• Self-motivation – to be physical fit so you can make the effort to be in the right positions to take dismissals and be tidy behind the stumps.
• Drive – talking to and supporting your team mates to help maximise their efforts in bowling and fielding.
• Defend - to be the protector in the field. When the going gets tough or there’s a level of conflict the keeper needs to stand up for the team and not take a backward step

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last year

I was a wicket keeper and loved being in the action all the time. I wrote an overview on my LinkedIn profile a few years ago which described how what I learned as a wicket-keeper shaped me in my business career:

“For years I was the wicket keeper in a cricket team , a role that shapes how the team performs. It taught me the virtue of humility, the importance of teamwork and reliability, and the value that comes from instinct.
The wicket keeper is many things: the enforcer who takes the game to the competition, the elite fielder who’s able to convert half-chances into chances, and a safe set of hands who has the experience to be in the right place at the right time.
Like any successful person, a good wicket keeper is consistent day in and day out. He is never off duty mentally or physically.
What I learned behind the stumps shaped my approach to leadership.”

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last year

What is the right footwork for a wicket keeper standing back to fast bowlers. Is it having the feet cross over behind each other as the keeper moves sideways or a shuffle where the feet following each other?
From memory as kids, we were taught to cross over the get extra distance, but a coach has mentioned to my son he should shuffle his feet as quick as possible

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last year