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Pull shot
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The pull shot

Played at its best, the pull shot is one of cricket's finest sights.

It's an aggressive, cross-batted shot played off the back foot towards the leg side off a short pitched delivery.

It's different to a hook shot because it's played on or around waist high and is easier to control.

Since plenty of fast bowlers like to dish out the short stuff, it's the best way of telling them who's in charge on the pitch.

Michael Vaughan pulls in action for England
Michael Vaughan is always balanced

The pull is played with extended arms in front of the body and usually hit in front of square.

Like most shots in cricket, footwork and anticipation are very important.

To pull a fast bowler, you'll need to be in the correct position in an instant - otherwise you'll either hurt yourself or needlessly give your wicket away.

Also, roll your wrists at the moment of impact to keep the ball on the ground rather than in the air.

This will lower your chances of getting caught in the deep if the opposition have set a trap for you.

England captain Michael Vaughan is one of the best pullers around, watch the way he keeps his head still at all times.

This helps him watch the ball all the way from the bat - right to the boundary.


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