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Master the straight drive


The straight drive is one of the most classical shots in a batsman's repertoire.

It is usually played to a full length delivery on or outside off stump.

Most of the work is done by the top hand, with the bottom hand lending support, to keep the ball along the ground.

STEP ONE


With your eyes fixed on the ball, lean in with the front shoulder.

The front foot and a bent front knee form the base for the shot.

STEP TWO


The head should at least be level or ahead of the front knee, with the back foot raised up to the toes.

The bat accelerates vertically and contact is made with the eyes directly under the ball.

STEP THREE


The bat accelerates through a straight path, with the wrists relaxing and the face of the bat pointing to the sky.





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