Backfootdef

Back Foot Defence

When batting players must be able to decide if they are going to attack the ball and attempt to score runs, or defend the ball. Players can defend the ball to protect their wicket or body, and to keep the ball on the ground.

There are two main defensive shots, the front foot defence and the back foot defence:

Back foot defence

Like the pull shot, players step back to play this shot, and it is played to a ball that reaches the batter around waist height.

BackfootdefCoaching points

  1. Swing the bat back, moving your back foot to get your head in line with the ball.
  2. Drag the front foot towards the back foot, bring the bat down straight, slowing as it hits the ball.
  3. Finish still and balanced with the face of the bat pointing to the ground.

ABSTAIN from pushing at the ball with the bottom hand, keep it relaxed.

PROTECT your wicket and body by bringing the bat down straight.

TESTS

Defence TestIn pairs or small groups, set up a semi circle of cones in front of the batsman. One player throws the ball with one bounce, towards the batsman, who defends the ball so it bounces inside the semicircle.

  • Defend 10 balls thrown underarm – how many can you land inside the semicircle?
  • Defend 10 balls thrown overarm – how many can you land inside the semicircle?
  • Defend 10 balls thrown a mix of underarm and overarm – how many can you land inside the semicircle?

When working in groups fielders stand outside the semicircle. The batsman tries to survive for 10 balls without being caught. An attacking shot means they are automatically out.

Make the test harder by introducing one-hand-one-bounce – if the ball has bounced once the fielders may catch it with one hand and the batsman will still be out.

PROTECT yourself – hit the ball gently or you will be caught out.