Wicket keeping

 Key ingredients

Watch the ball – you can only catch what you see

Listen for the noise – a dull thud is good.

Hands – Large catching are, together as one, thumps out of the way, palms facing the ball. Catch the ball in front of the body, long arms and elbows on

Give, Natural and not over exaggerated. Hands hold the line and height of the ball

Head – Head in line with the ball, eyes level

Stance – feet shoulder width apart, balance, legs flexed, weight on the front of the feet. Eyes, shoulders, knees and hands square to the ball. Do not set too early

Position – To a good length delivery catch the ball between knee and waist height

Posture – stable base whenever possible. Ride the ball and use the hips to open and get off the line of the ball

Rhythm – hands rise with the bounce of the ball. Relaxed shoulders, hanging harms and positive lower body movement

Footwork – move along straight line, use small sideway strides to get across to the line of the ball. Head should move with feet. Outside leg into line.

Diving – Direct line at the ball, head following ball into hands. Keep a large catching area

Physical – up to the job- power mobility, stamina, reactions and flexibility required

Mental – Relaxed aggression. Routines promote repeatability. Captain of the fielding team. Recover from error. Stay involved. Enthusiastic. Catch the ball.