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Introduction: The wicketkeeper is stood behind the stumps and stops the ball if the batter misses it, or catches the ball if it is hit by the batter or thrown in to the stumps by fielders.

WKstanceCoaching Points – Stance

  1. Stand slightly to the side of the stumps so you can see the ball as it is bowled.
  2. Bend the knees, hands spread to create a large catching area, tips of fingers touching the ground.
  3. Keep head and chest up, and hands out in front of your body.

If wicketkeeping to a slow bowler the player should start with their hands just behind the stumps. If it is a fast bowler they should be far enough back so the ball reaches them at waist height.

TakeCoaching Points – Take

  1. Move head and body in line with the ball, taking a step if needed.
  2. Rise with the ball as it bounces.
  3. Catch with hands together and fingers pointing down.

ABSTAIN from standing too early – rise with the ball.


WK TestsIn pairs or a relay, one player acts as wicketkeeper, standing behind the stumps. The other player stands back from the stumps and throws over-arm, so that the ball bounces in front of the wickets.

Players have six goes each and then swap, seeing how many they can successfully take.

  • 6 straight at the wicketkeeper
  • 6 to the off-side
  • 6 to the leg-side
  • 6 at random

To increase the challenge of the test have a player stood in front of the stumps:

  • pretending to play cricket shots
  • holding a cone and trying to slightly touch the ball

ABSTAIN from rising too early – rise with the ball.

BE FAITHFUL to the ball – don’t get distracted by the batter or cone.