Preparation for Cups and Tournaments: All the Essentials


In the current days, millions upon millions of people are excitedly waiting for various World Cups, tournaments, or races. Sport is an inherent part of the life of many societies, and Australians, as well as the British, are considered among the most competitive in the whole world.

Cricket is a beloved sport for many of them, but that’s only the perspective of the fans. What do sports teams feel about important competitions and what hardships do they face when preparing for them?

The process of training and preparation itself is a long and often underestimated one. Sure, everyone knows they have to prepare — in fact, some trainers and captains force their players to practice over and over again until cricket is the only thing they can think of. But spontaneous decisions and adrenaline might make even the most experienced players forget about what they’ve learned to do. As Stumped highlights, the captain of the Australian cricket team Tim Paine has faced a lot of criticism for changing the direction of his team unexpectedly during the match and leading them not to victory but to defeat.  So, what is the role of preparation in the cricket practice and to make it truly effective?

Pre-Matches: Training and Ability to Concentrate

Before any cricket match, professional teams undergo intense preparations. There is a set of actions they have to do regardless of what country they represent. They include the following:

  • Establishing a routine. It has advantages of both physical and mental kind. First, the body gets accustomed to doing the same thing repeatedly and is prepared to make efforts when the needed moment comes. Second, the mind understands when to concentrate and preprograms itself for it in advance. It helps regulate the player’s mental state and keep it in harmony despite the possible stress.
  • Doing cricket drills. It can comprise anything the trainer has decided on, including single-leg squatting, bowl throws, deadlifts, overhead press, chin-ups, hand pulls, etc. Physical preparation is everything, especially in such a demanding game like cricket, so the body has to be pressured — to an extent, of course.
  • Practicing strategies. Strategies can make or break the game. Bowlers, batters — everyone has their own strategies to follow, so developing and sticking to them is also essential. Individual strategies are more common than general group ones, but consequently, they require more complex approaches.
  • Concentration and visualization are two vital things that every training process must incorporate. The players must imagine the game in vivid detail, going through their routine slowly and thoroughly. It helps with the inner balance and soothes possible anxiety.

Australian and English Teams: Recent Happenings and Plans for the Future

Paine, the captain of the Australian cricket team, encountered criticism because he confused his team at the closing stages of the game and led them into panic and disarray, which became his main mistake. Jofra Archer, the English fast bowler, stated his opinion about Paine’s performance openly, and it’s evident that many of Paine’s team share this view. The Australian team was about to win, the victory was almost in their pocket, but several last minutes turned the situation completely, with Paine having failed in leading his side. As Paine himself confessed, there were indeed mistakes made, and that’s because of insufficient preparation.

Paine has learned from his mistakes, so his team has been preparing for Test cricket matches against England, also known as the Ashes series, with all vigor. British team is headed by Joe Root, with the last game between the teams happening on September 16. So far, Australia has won the first and the fourth Tests, England has won the third, though only by one wicket, and the second one showed even results and no victor. These numbers show that Paine has indeed made conclusions about his failure as a captain and improved, reaching unity and understanding with his team. British team, on the other hand, is clearly distracted.

The World Cup is a big event, so, understandably, British cricket players stress themselves too much over it. Still, their mediocre results show that they require improvement that only comes with practice. The earlier unexpected and loud victory has made them careless, leading them to neglecting their practice.

Success Depends on Preparation

Every match requires exhausting practice. Cricket isn’t an exception, so players have to focus on physical and mental exercises both. Some consider the physical side more important but as practice shows, mental capacities are just as crucial. Many players fail to focus on their development, succumbing to belief in their power after a victory or being hopelessly depressed after defeat. By learning how to harmonise their inner state, they will improve their determination and balance their expectations, achieving the best results, as clear on the example of Paine’s team.