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Batting against cricket's fastest bowlers
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Alec Stewart gets padded up in the nets
Alec has faced plenty of fast bowling in his career

Alec Stewart

The secret to facing fast bowling is to remember you're "the boss".

You have to show the bowler you're not intimidated by their speed.

You also need plenty of mental strength, things like concentration are so important. But most of all you have to back your own ability.

Alec Stewart hits a pull shot for England
Batting is about quick reactions

You have to be able to give off an air of confidence and that comes from getting as much practice as you can beforehand.

You need good technique when you're facing a fast bowler.

Practising in the nets will help you develop that technique.

The most important things to remember are to keep your head still and watch the ball all the way.

Don't be frightened of the ball, you won't get hit if you do these two things, so don't be afraid.

You'll recognise the line and length of the delivery and from there you decide which shot you're going to play.

Your reactions will take care of the rest.

You're not always going to get it right, but through experience you'll learn which deliveries to play and which to leave alone.


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You're the boss
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Alec James Stewart profile
Date of birth: 8 April 1963
Birthplace: Merton, Surrey
Teams: Surrey and England
Batting style: Right handed
Tests: 133
Test runs: 8463
Test debut: England v West Indies at Kingston, February 1990
Last Test: England v South Africa at The Oval, 2003
Highest Test score: 190 v Pakistan at Edgbaston, June 1992
Test centuries: 15


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