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        The Cover Drive

With the right foot remaining grounded - there are some differences from the ordinary forward stroke. The bat is raised with a much higher backlift, both hands should grip the handle tightly and a turn of the wrists makes the blade face the position of point fielder when the bat is at the top of its lift. The movement forward of the left foot is shorter,the body is fairly upright and the left leg unbent. The bat must travel in the direction that the ball will take and stay on this course after it has actually been hit for the full follow-through to give maximum force. The weight of the body should continue to travel in the direction of the shot with the left shoulder and hip remaining firm with the right shoulder released so that when the stoke has been completed the batsman's chest should be in line with the bowler.

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