Category: Cricket

The Psychology of Cricket: Developing Mental Toughness [Cricket Academy Series]

The Role of the Cricket Captain

Captaincy, like coaching, varies significantly depending on the team and the level the team plays at. Cricket differs greatly from many other sports when you look at the role of the captain. In soccer the captain is a formal leader on the pitch and a role model off it, but the way the team plays and the major decisions taken during a game are determined by the head coach. In cricket, on the other hand, the team is very much the captain’s to lead. The captain makes all the decisions on the pitch and is part of the formal leadership of the team off the pitch. An effective captain is invaluable to the team and its performance outcomes. They will seek to lead by example, to motivate and to inspire the team to successful performances. In general terms, captains are selected based upon their experience, their level of performance and often the position that they occupy in the team (often batsmen). There are, in essence, three main responsibilities that captains have for the team. To act as a liaison between the coaching staff and the team To act as a leader during all team activities (particularly on the pitch) To represent the team at events, meetings, and press conferences Alongside this there are a number of specific roles that captains perform. These include: Ensuring a constant flow of information between the coach and team Leading by example Inspiring and motivating Helping the coach in the planning stages for the…

The Psychology of Cricket: Developing Mental Toughness [Cricket Academy Series]

Leadership and Captaincy in Cricket

“A captain must make every decision before he knows what its effect will be, and he must carry the full responsibility, not whether his decision will be right or wrong, but whether it brings success.” Don Bradman “The captain has to pull together ten different individuals with contrasting personalities and personality traits and get them all going in the same direction by treating them equally but differently.” Steve Waugh “I think with captaincy you just have to do it your own way. You can’t copy someone. You can learn from different captains as you go along but in the end you have to follow your instincts and do the job the way your character allows you to do it.” Alastair Cook In all effective cricket teams there needs to be a number of leaders. Depending on the level of the team this could include coaches, captains, vice-captains and ‘informal’ leaders both on the pitch and in the dressing room. The bowlers also need to have well-developed leadership skills to be able to set their fields and to liaise with the captain. All teams need to have a sense of direction, strategy, and tactics that are determined and driven by the leaders in the team. The captain plays an important leadership role that is involved in selection, making decisions on the order of play (so winning the toss and whether to bat first, the batting order), determining the strategy of the team (the tactics that are employed) and making calls regarding…