Frontfootdef

Front 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:

Front foot defence

Like the front foot drive, players step towards the ball to play this shot, and it is played to a ball that reaches the batter around knee height.

Coaching points

  1. Frontfoot DefenceStep towards the ball with the front foot, bending the knee while swinging the bat back.
  2. Slow the bat as it hits the ball, make sure the bat comes down straight.
  3. Finish still and balanced with the face of the bat pointing to the ground.

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.