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Tutorial on Form and Fitness and Practice and Technique

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  • Tutorial on Form and Fitness and Practice and Technique

    I was wondering if any of you experienced Int. Cricket Captain Managers could give the forum a tutorial on Form and Fitness plus the benefits and use of Practice and Technique?
    How do you increase form? How do you increase Fitness? What decreases form and fitness? Finally, what is the difference between Practice and Technique and does practice and technique relate to form and fitness?
    Lastly, Does a decrease in fitness lead to injury?
    Bonus Question: What is the role of the 2nd team do?
    Thanks to all who post and read this.

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    This my opinion on what your asking, most of it based on what Ive read in manual and on these forums.

    Form represents how well a player is currently playing based on recent matches played. I would think this effects his confidence and so would generally perform to the best of his ability. Likewise a player out of form will general perform below the standard of his ability.

    Fitness effects how long a player can bat or bowl before they get tired. A tired batsman is more likely to get out while a tired bowler will more likely bowl bad balls. Its useful to give players with low fitness Physiotherapy to boost them or just simply rest them for the next match. Physio are generally most useful for players returning from injury or for key players that you want to have available for as many games as possible.

    Practice has a short term effect and is useful to boost an out of form player so they perform to a higher level than their current form suggests. This gradually increases their match form over a period of time without being directly effect by their match performances. But if a player is currently in form practice has little effect and coaching should be reallocated.

    Technique training has a long term effect and is mostly useful to develop younger players of your squad, especially those under 25. But it is also useful for players up-to around 30 years old. Those under 25 is usually best to give them general technique training to improve all aspects of the technique. Though sometimes it maybe worth specifying a specific weakness to train or if you want to retrain the style of the player e.g defensive batman to aggressive batsman. Those over 25 general technique training has less effect so improving the players weaknesses if more effective.

    Not sure how fitness effect possibilities of injuries but I would think low fitness does increase chances of getting injured. For example Anderson got cramp from the 1st Ashes test because he was over bowled. But also Broad got a shoulder injury from being hit with the ball that had nothing to do with fitness.

    The role of the 2nd team is to evaluated your younger players to try to get some kind of idea as to whether they have what it take to become a 1st team member. Usually a batman with a 2nd team average of 50+ will more likely go on to become a good 1st team batsman. A bowler with a 2nd team bowling average around 20 will also make a good first team player. 2nd team is also useful to give out of form 1st team players match practice to try to boost their form.