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     The Straight Drive

Going forward to drive balls that pitch closer to you is a natural extension of the forward defensive shot. Remember that the left shoulder is the key to all shots off the front foot, particularly the drives. The wider you intend driving to the offside the more should your shoulder go in the direction of the shot.

The left hand must be in total command of all drives. If your left hand is slightly in advance of you right hand it will ensure that the ball stays on the ground as you drive. In defence there will be no follow through. When driving the bat should follow through freely. never play this shot until you are well settled and you are sure of the away movement of the ball.

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