How to Play a Straight Drive

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Prepare yourself to play the Straight Drive.

This series will teach you the basics of Cricket.
In the next video, you will learn to play an Off Drive.

When learning to play cricket, it can be difficult to master the different batting skills. This simple video will show you how and when to play a straight drive in your game.

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In this video, you will learn how to play a straight drive.

The straight drive is played on the front foot by easing the ball back in the opposite direction to the delivery.

An overpitched delivery to the middle or off stump is the perfect opportunity to play the straight drive.

The three key steps are: the position, the shot and the follow through.

Relax your body and assume a balanced stance.

Raise your bat with a high back swing.

Step forward with your front foot landing close to the pitch of the ball and toes in line with the delivery.

Bend your front knee and lean your weight forward.

Present the bowler with the straight face of the bat continuing upward in an arc.

Work with your top hand, leading with the elbow, and lend support with your bottom hand.

If the ball is pitching in good length, you can step out to drive it forward along the ground.

You can also roll your wrist to let the bat continue in an arc over your front shoulder.

Keep practicing the stroke to perfect your Straight Drive.

Enjoy your game.

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