It is beneficial to warm-up before batting to loosen the muscles firstly, and secondly, to mentally switch on. Batting requires a lot of focus, so it is good to get into a routine for your mind to automatically switch into game mode.
There are two aspects to the warm-up, the physical side and the technical side.
This is where you want to keep moving and bring your heart rate up.
Start by light jogging or fast walking to get the blood flowing to the muscles.
Then, stretch the necessary muscles needed for batting to increase flexibility and also to avoid injury.
Technical warm-ups are useful in gaining confidence and preparing yourself for various bowls.
Foot movement drills
Front foot shots in fast bowling:
Have your partner drop the ball half a meter in front of you
This will get you to use your front foot to step forward
Try to step close to where the ball will bounce
Then strike the ball
Practice this drill with the ball landing in different spots in front of you
Back foot shots in fast bowling:
Have your partner crouch down, 5 meters away from you
Have them throw underarm without bouncing, towards your upper body
As the ball approaches you, move your front foot back and play on the back foot
Have a partner stand 5 meters in front of you
Have them underarm throw a ball in the air so that it lands a couple of meters in front of you
This will force you to move your feet accordingly
Try batting the ball in different directions
Head movement drills
Stand in your usual batting stance
Have a partner throw the ball on a full length towards you
Now don’t move your feet!
Move your head forward, towards the ball, and get you weight over your front knee as you strike the ball
Now try putting together all these drills into throw down practice. This is best to do at an outdoor net, which are usually located close to cricket pitches.
Have your partner stand 20m away and throw the ball overarm to you.
They should try to bounce the ball in similar areas as a fast bowler.
Hit the ball as you would in a game, but focus on your foot movement, your head position and most importantly, the ball
Then ask your partner to aim for different spots on the pitch to prepare for all types of shots.