Friday, July 1, 2022

Maddie Hinch not stumped by this cricket test

No, England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch isn’t working on a career change, but she has been picking up a few ideas from England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and wicketkeeping coach Bruce French.

“The physical demands of wicket-keeping are immense and it’s a great credit to Matt and Bruce that Matt has had and continues to have such a successful career,” Hinch said.

“Obviously hockey and cricket are very different sports but there are a lot of similarities in the skills required to wicket-keep and goalkeep so it was great to have an insight into his regime.

“It’s a great boost for me as we head into the Investec London Cup and Commonwealth Games.”

The trio shared ideas about training and their respective sports at the County Ground in Sussex on June 25. Prior said: “There are lot of movements, patterns and footwork drills that cross over so it’s been a lot of fun.

I’m not so sure whether I could take up hockey goalkeeping though. My first question to Maddie was ‘How did you get into people whacking hockey balls at you?’ You’ve got to pretty brave I think!”


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