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Surrey wicket keeping video with Ben Foakes goes viral!

This new wicket keeping clip featuring Surrey Cricket’s Ben Foakes working with fielding coach Chris Taylor and Alec Stewart has been taking the internet by storm and has amassed nearly 50,000 views! These simple repetition drills use a Crazy Catch Wildchild 2.0 set at a 90 degree angle with a wobble stump trying to distract the wicket keeper and occasionally get a nick.


Wicket Keeper training with Surrey Cricket … Alec Stewart feeding, Chris Taylor with the wobble stump distraction and Ben Foakes in the gloves 🔥#cricket #wicketkeeper #cricketdrill #surreycricket #benfoakes #crazycatch #reboundnet

Posted by Crazy Catch UK on Friday, 25 May 2018


A second drill will called ‘Turn & Bounce’ simulates a  wicket keeper taking a ball that turns and bounces through the gate. Chris Taylor has kindly provided his coaching insight ….

Starting Position @benfoakes7 has excellent ‘posture’ and athletic position. His eyes are level and engaged.

The take technique

  • Upper body rotation to ‘cope’ with the bouncing ball.
  • Foakes maintains a large catching area as he turns
  • Quick hands back to the stumps
  • Follows ‘take and break’ with a straight back into ‘posture position’

Overtrain – Try multiple feeds from multiple angles which will challenge your player to produce solid technique every ball. Try a set of 6 balls 🏏

Progression – Flip to the insane side of the Crazy Catch for more challenge!

If you have enjoyed this drill, check out the Think Outside the Box drills and accompanying PDF drillcards produced with Tammy Beaumont and Mark Garaway in our new cricket training centre. There are 6 innovative drills which are not just about catching but also work on evading the short ball, hitting the stumps, power hitting and taking those high boundary catches. Add fun, variety and challenge into any training session 

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