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The Psychology of Cricket: Developing Mental Toughness [Cricket Academy Series] [Kindle Edition]

Stewart Cotterill , Barker Jamie
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The mental side of cricket is what separates the best players from the rest.

Technical, tactical, and physical preparation are important for top class performances but it is often what happens inside a player’s mind that is the difference between success and failure. Whether batting, bowling, or fielding, a player’s psychological strength has been identified by coaches, players, and commentators as a critical ingredient for winning cricket matches.

The very best players and teams are confident, motivated, concentrate effectively, cope with pressure, and control their emotions. The Psychology of Cricket is the first book to provide expert and up-to-date advice into one of the most psychological sports around. The book is appropriate for anyone involved in playing or coaching cricket, and for all levels.

The Psychology of Cricket teaches individuals to develop mental toughness by using mental skills which can be used in both practice and match situations. The book also provides expert advice on understanding the important ingredients of successful teams and leaders.

- Train and develop your mind to perform more effectively and consistently
- Learn how to deal more consistently and effectively with your emotions and pressure
- Boost your confidence through recalling success, reflection, and smart thinking
- Develop concentration routines to maximize your mental energy
- Learn how the best players develop mental toughness

Dr. Stewart Cotterill is an applied sport psychology consultant with over 12 years of experience working in both Professional and Amateur sports. He is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a HCPC Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist in the UK. He currently runs his own Performance Psychology Consultancy business called Performance Mind ( and is also employed as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology at the University of Winchester, United Kingdom ( Stewart’s experience in cricket ranges from working with amateur players, University players, professional clubs and as part of a International team development programme.

Dr. Jamie Barker is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, United Kingdom ( He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited sport and exercise scientist. He is an active researcher with book authorship, numerous publications in international journals, and chapters in edited books. Jamie is an active consultant with over 14 years of experience working in a variety of professional sports (including soccer and golf) with a major focus in cricket.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bennion Kearny (8 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C9QOTR8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Study On An Important Subject 2 May 2013
The book presented a comprehensive examination of the elements that ultimately determine the level of one's mental toughness, along with practical methods for improving on these areas. I found the writing easy to comprehend, and delivered in a relaxed, almost conversational style. I also thought that the chapters were ordered in a very logical system, taking one from the basic internal mechanisms of player psychology through to somewhat more complex discussions and then finally culminating with the team concept.

As the coach of a junior team in the United States, I found myself learning much that can aid me when working individually with my players, as well as helpful ideas for shaping an effective team as well.

Overall, I found reading "The Psychology of Cricket" to be an enjoyable and very beneficial experience, and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the mental aspects of the game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ex professional player & coach review 6 Jun. 2013
As an ex professional player & coach, I found this book interesting & very relevant to the playing & coaching of the game.

As an ex player, I wish that I had had access to a book of this nature as I believe that I would have been a better player as a result.

As a current coach, I found the book to be informative with clear application to the coaching of the game.

Issues are discussed in simple language without recourse to the 'jargon' sometimes associated with books on psychology & with many examples of how the principles can be applied to cricket.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about how the mind impacts on cricket performance.

Alan Hill
ex professional player & coach - Derbyshire CCC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 May 2013
By Red
Format:Kindle Edition
A truly excellent and informative book on this most interesting of topics. As someone who has played and now coaches cricket I found it informative and very well explained to someone without any prior knowledge. It has definitely made me reflect on my coaching methods and only wished I had something like this when I was a youngster . Please read and enjoy as I found this book fascinating . Well done to the authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Games 15 May 2013
A fascinating insight into strategies and thought processes researched by the writers into the complexities of controlling the mind to achieve greater performance.

A more than useful tool for anyone either playing or coaching any sport but especially the greatest sport on a playing field.

Simply a "must read" also for any students researching in a similar field.

Looking forward to the next topic..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good balance 10 May 2013
By Roy W
This book strikes a good balance between approaches based on academic research and practical examples that can be applied by coaches and players. There is a comprehensive coverage of the main challenges players at all levels face with links to more detailed research if needed. The authors give numerous good and up to date examples that make the research come alive. This is a good book for cricketers and coaches with an interest in the mental side of the game and is pitched at a challenging but not threatening level.
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