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How to play off the back foot
Around the Academy:

Michael Vaughan and Sachin Tendulkar are masters off the back foot

One of the best sights in cricket is a batsman hooking a short delivery from a fast bowler over mid wicket for six.

Back foot strokes are very pleasing on the eye, but require a bit of technical know-how to play correctly.

So if you fancy racking up those runs, check out the Academy's guide to back foot strokes.


BACK FOOT DEFENCE
The safest way of playing the short-pitched ball

LEG GLANCE
Punish the bad balls aimed at your pads

SQUARE CUT
Pick up the boundaries on the off-side

BACK FOOT DRIVE
Find out how to play the most elegant shot in the book

THE PULL SHOT
The best way to dispatch a fast bowler to the ropes!

THE HOOK SHOT
Play the shot the fast bowlers hate to see


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Back foot strokes
Back foot defence
The leg glance
The square cut
Back foot drive
The pull
The hook

Did you know?
When a fast bowler is hurtling down at 85mph, a batsman only has about 0.45 seconds to react
That's less than half a second to decide what shot to play and place it in the spot you want



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