Mental Toughness – Batting

Mental toughness for batting can be viewed as a configuration of internal thoughts displayed in the external persona with each aspect feeding off each other.

Behaviours can be activated wthin a training environment, honed amongst those familiar. Consideration given to what feels best, builds the pure focus and then become part of the game day preparation.

Key points for thought applicable to batting preparation when in the contest.

1. Eye control
Focus on nearby objects, don’t let your eyes wander around as you prepare for each delivery

2. Positive body language
Emphasise your power to your opponents

3. Physical rituals
Such as doing set and precise little routines before facing each ball

4. Mental rituals
Thinking about the same thing before facing each ball

5. Controlling the pace of the game
Getting the bowler to take their time before each delivery, not rushing you

6. Bat up
Carrying the bat like a sword, instead of dragging it behind you

7. Controlled breathing when hitting the ball

8. Relaxed intensity
Getting the balance between relaxation and intensity right

The best in the world at the moment are distinguishable from these traits and behaviors to command and drive the innings.

Warner – exuberant, enthusiastic & willing to engage

Amla – steadfast, silent & focused

Khan – composed, precise & perfect defence

de Villiers – energetic, positive & uplifting

Younis Khan - Defence


About Andrew Walton

Cricket exposure as a player, coach, fan, observer, analyst & tragic! Coached at Melbourne Cricket Club, Prahran Cricket Club. Premiership player and coach at South Yarra Cricket Club ~ Home of The Vincibles! Academy coach at Karnataka Institute of Cricket, Bangalore.
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One Response to Mental Toughness – Batting

  1. As a developing player, Hansie Cronje was guided by a coach to flip up his shirt collar before going in to bat and keep it up during the innings. This an example of an unrelated trigger that connects the mind to focus.


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