This is a cross-batted, attacking back-foot stoke played to a short delivery which is usually passing above the leg stump. The version shown in these illustrations would be played against slow bowing - for faster bowling you may not have enough time to incorporate all the foot movements shown, but the position of the bat should be achievable.
• Remember to start with a relaxed balanced stance. Your head should be still and your eyes level
• Take your backswing and step backwards.
• Your back foot should go towards the slips and your front foot back towards the leg side of the stumps.
• Your body should now be in a front-on position, facing back down towards the bowler.
• In playing the shot you should have a firm base. The shoulders rotate horizontally accelerating to contact with the ball.
• You should make contact with the ball out in front of you body and hit the ball from a high position to a low position. This will ensure the ball travels along the ground, rather than in the air, giving the fielding side a possible catching opportunity.
• Your bat should follow through a natural line, but ensure you maintain your balance.