The Australian cricket team has come up with a new drill to practice close quarters.©Twitter
The Australian cricket team is currently in Sri Lanka for its multi-format series and currently the two teams face off in the five-game ODI series. The hosts took an unassailable 3-1 lead after beating Australia by 4 points in the fourth ODI. However, the team led by Pat Cummins have already started preparing for the two-game test series, starting June 29, and the team have come up with a new drill to practice catching at positions close to the bat. In a video posted by cricket.com.au, head coach Andrew McDonald can be seen holding an AFL ball in his hand, and Nathan Lyon delivers the cricket ball to the other side.
McDonald then crouches down to make contact with the cricket ball, to help Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head practice close catching.
– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 21, 2022
Speaking about the new drill, spinner Nathan Lyon said: “So we took out AFL football and we had Travis Head halfway dumb and Marnus at bat-pad. I’m just trying to hone those skills because we understand how great those positions are. Little exercise with me tossing the ball to Ronnie (Andre McDonald) with the soccer ball and it just pops up a bit. It’s hard to practice with the bat-pads when you can somehow so read the game but with football we found we could get a bit of variation.”
“I think it’s a really good training exercise to be honest with you. I’ve never seen him do it like this before, it’s something we’re going to move forward with I think, and I’m more than happy to throw it, if it means we get into some really good bat-pad positions,” he added.
Australia beat Pakistan in a three-match Test series 1-0 earlier this year and the Cummins-led side are currently top of the World Test Championship standings.
In contrast, Sri Lanka ranks fourth in the WTC rankings, behind South Africa (second) and India (third).
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