Ellie Johnston is one of many female cricketers at the Australian Cricket Institute (ACI) who’s had a successful 2017/18 season.   The 15-year-old Ipswich local started off with a couple of ducks, which she wasn’t too impressed with, but worked on her game preparation and scored three half centuries; one in her first game.   […]

Having played, worked and coached in an elite and sub-elite cricket environment for over 15 years, I’ve noticed some common differences in the habits and behavioural traits between players that make it to the top and players that don’t. Here’s my top 7 signs that a player might be destined for higher honours…. They’ve got […]

Thivi Salwathura is a 12-year-old opening batsman who’s had one of his best seasons yet, scoring 570 runs and taking 29 wickets At the start of the season, Salwathura felt the pressure of needing to score quickly, and found he was distracted by negative self thoughts. “I felt that I was always thinking about the […]

Finn Vemis has gone from averaging 13 runs in the 2016/17 season to 72 and winning the U14's and U12's best batting average for the team, and the best U12's Division 1 batting average in the league in 2017/18. From the get-go, Vemis was adamant on improving his batting and to convert his starts into […]

Here at the Australian Cricket Institute we place a massive importance on self review and reflection as a means of player development.   It's EXTREMELY important to ensure you are able to track your improvement and also area's that may need addressing to become better.   We have been lucky enough to test and put into […]

Cast an eye over suburban training sessions and what do you see? Nets, bowlers charging in, batters cracking the ball, it’s all happening.   The question is though… is it really that beneficial? The biggest test in our game is the ability to replicate what happens out in the middle on the weekend, at your […]

We’ve spoken about how there is very little transference of how we train to how we play, bowling is one of the major ones.   Sometimes we bowl with 4 or 5 bowlers in one net, bowling once every 2 or so minutes for an extended period of time.   Not really much going on […]

I'm going to speak to you about batting training habits today...   Many players have the whole "doing extra's" engraved into them by their coach, captain, or even just someone they look up to.   The thought that if I go and hit a heap of balls, that's automatically going to make me better right? […]

Do any of these sound familiar to you? “My child gets extremely nervous before he/she bats or bowls.” “My child doesn’t have any confidence in their own ability.” “My child takes failure really badly and gets very down on him/herself.” “My child thinks really negatively.” “My child put’s so much pressure on him/herself before a […]