Bowl the ball straight to hit the stumps if the batsman misses, or have him LBW. Bowl a yorker, landing the ball on the popping crease. Bowl a bouncer with the goal of getting the ball to bounce above an imaginary batsman’s shoulder.
In a flash, the wicket-keeper takes the ball and whips off the bails, and another wicket has fallen. Even so, you can help yourself by leaning in towards the stumps as you begin to bring the ball back to the bails. Then step across to the leg side as the ball reappears, watch it into your gloves and, leaning into the stumps, whip the bails off.
There are even cases, particularly in limited-overs cricket, in which the batsmen assume there is at least a single off every ball unless either of them calls otherwise. This calling approach is only for a pair of batsmen who have absolute trust in each other. If a right-handed striker plays the ball into the covers and runs, he should carry his bat in his left hand in order to stretch for the crease at the other end and still be facing the direction of the ball.
Ralph and Karen Weekly are head coaches at the University of Tennessee, where they have led the Lady Vols to a staggering 514 wins since 2002. Ralph has coached teams including the U.S. Air Force, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee. She was a national title-winning assistant coach at PLU in 1988 and 1992 and served as a championship head coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.