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Play this shot to the ball pitching just short of a length and coming about knee-high on or just outside the off stump.
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1. First take the bat up high with a full cocking of the wrists, and the right foot back as far as possible towards the middle stump. The right foot square, pointing to the off side, to keep the left side towards the ball.

 

2.From the back, same state. Note the full cocking of the wrists with the right arm sliding past the right side. fhit2.gif (2937 bytes)
fhit3.gif (3858 bytes) 3.the bat commences the down swing at the ball. The left foot comes back towards the right foot, and points towards cover, opening up the hips. The left shoulder still points towards the ball line, the blade coming down from the line of the leg stump.
4. The hit is about to be made. The weight on the back foot. The wrists uncock as they accelerate the swing of the bat at the ball. The right arm still hugs the right side. The right hand behind the handle, keeps the face of the bat towards the ball, and is about to put the hit into the shot. fhit4.gif (3716 bytes)
fhit5.gif (3527 bytes) 5. Same stage from the front. The ball is coming up off the pitch. The bat can be seen to have come down from the line of the leg stump. The left arm is still bent. The left arm is still bent. The eyes watch the ball in its bounce off the pitch. The left shoulder still points towards the ball.
6. The hit is made. Weight well on the back foot,coming up on the toes of the front foot assist the hands at waist height, as they punch the ball away. The left hand is firm, controlling the swing towards the direction of the shot. The right hand administers the hit. The eyes watch tthe ball over the hand but, ofcourse, do not see the ball hit the bat. fhit6.gif (3557 bytes)
fhit7.gif (2698 bytes) 7. Completion of the shot. The power put into the shot with the right hand has caused the hit to be made against the right side. The trunk opens up as the right hand goes through in a full swing in the direction of the shot. The eyes watch the ball on its way.
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