How to play Square Cut?

How to play Square Cut?

A cut played by bringing a more or less horizontal bat sharply down on a short-pitched off-side ball at the moment that it passes the batsman, usually sending the ball slightly backward of square, between point and third man. It is an aggressive/attacking shot played off the back foot to a ball which has been pitched short of a good length (a short delivery) and is passing wide of off stump. You should aim to hit the ball square of the wicket ideally between point and gully, always aim to hit the ball between the fielders and into the gaps.


Steps

  • To play the square cut start from your normal batting stance, stay nice and relaxed, with your head still and your eyes as level as possible.
  • As the bowler is about to bowl take your backswing, and as you see the delivery is going to be suitable for a square cut move your back foot, back and across towards the off stump.
  • Move your weight onto your back foot and establish your base of support over it. Bring your bat down and across the line of the ball towards the off side, increasing your bat speed into contact, from a high position to lower one. As you hit the ball ‘roll your wrists’ over the ball to keep it down.
  • Follow through the shot naturally and stay relaxed and balanced.

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