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The Temple of Apollo, where the Oracle of Delphi plied her trade, was renowned for having the maxim know thyself carved into its stone. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Cheap . This, along with Polonius parting words to Laertes in Hamlet, to thine own self be true, is perhaps the best advice that a cricketer can be given. For cricket, in all of its infinite variety, relies on judgement more than any other skill, and if theres one judgement that is absolutely vital, it is that of the self.Geoffrey Boycott, for all his faults, knows a thing or two about the game. One of his mantras is make your opponent do something they dont want to do. He says this because its true.If youre bowling to Alastair Cook, you dont pitch the ball short and wide, or on his hips, you pitch it outside off... and when hes struggling, when his footwork isnt just so, or hes overbalancing, hell invariably have a nibble. When hes in form, however, his judgement is impeccable. Ignoring practically everything that isnt in his arc, he simply waits for the bad ball and puts it away, and his leave is a thing of frustrating beauty. Hes not the most elegant, attractive or technically proficient member of the England set-up, but one look at the numbers show just how effective a cricketer he is. This is because he knows his own game.In April 1997, an article appeared in the music press arguing that accurate self-assessment was vital for a musician to perform at their best, and described a psychological test that could quantify the gap between a players self-belief and his or her actual ability. It was, as the month of publication suggests, a joke, though like all good jokes it was built around close observation and understanding. Two years later, in 1999, two psychologists at Cornell University came to a similar conclusion, noting that low-ability individuals consistently overestimate their skill levels, while the converse is true of high-ability individuals. They called it the Dunning-Kruger effect. I called it the Position of Attitudes.Weve all seen the results of extreme disparity between actual and perceived ability. The batsman who thinks he can hit every ball for six but is always oh-so-unlucky; the bowler whos convinced hes lightning fast and pitches it short and shorter still, but will get the batsman soon. Neither cricketer wins games.Accurately gauging ones own ability relative to that of the other players on the field (whether they are on your side or not) is a vital part of playing at ones best.As a wicketkeeper who sometimes keeps above himself, its a constant battle to find the right place to stand, especially to spinners. Obviously, one ought to stand up to spin, but some bowlers are just too quick for me. I leak byes and am unlikely to take many nicks. Standing back even a yard or two may take stumpings out of the equation, but the byes dry up and I pouch the nicks. I know my own capabilities, and usually keep within them, but sometimes I give in to pressure and move to where someone else thinks I ought to stand. It rarely goes well. Im pretty confident I know my keeping self.When batting, the same is true. If youre aware of your limitations (and accept them), then you reduce the risk of failure. Its when youre tempted to overreach that things go badly. You decide to go for big shots when youre really a nudger and a nurdler.On tour this summer, I played a vital innings batting at No. 5 (when I was probably the 12th best bat in the team) during which I watched partner after partner try too hard and perish accordingly. I simply waited for the ball to be well within my arc. It worked because I played to my strengths (such as they are) and made the bowlers come to me. Occasionally, I simply tee off. This doesnt go so well.We must allow ourselves to play our own game and not be lured into playing someone elses. No matter what the wicketkeeper says. Yes, we adapt to the situation, and yes, sometimes that means we must take greater risks, but in acknowledging those risks we may still make the best of it. Try to hit the ball too hard, try to bowl it too fast, try too many variations and the percentages plummet. Ask not, as they say, what the ball is going to do to you, but what you can actually do with the ball.The England Test side has left in its wake many who have struggled to succeed because they have tried to change their natural game. And by this I dont mean adapting to the new arena, fine-tuning technique, or working on shot selection.Nick Compton, convinced he needed to impress, tried to change his natural game and was caught hooking. Alex Hales struggled as an opener because he couldnt decide who to be: had he played freely he may still have failed, but thats okay. Yes, James Vince, Gary Ballance and a few others have arguably failed to make their game work at Test level, but they were honest with themselves in the process. Fail on your own terms, not somebody elses.When Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed opened together in the warm-up game in Bangladesh, they were in direct competition for the vacant opening berth. Both played their own game, neither trying to impress. The result? They both impressed. This can only be good for English cricket.We should aim to do the same, learn from Duckett and Hameed and be our own role models. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Black and White . Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Gold . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. http://www.nikeairmaxwomens90.com/ . MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also will attend the session, which was announced Monday. The league has discussed placing its next two expansion teams in Miami and Atlanta. Ahead of Sundays pivotal matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos were treated to a vivid image of their championship past and a fresh reminder of whats at stake as they embark on the closing stretch of the season.On display in the teams locker room this week, for all the players to see, were the three Lombardi trophies the Broncos have won, including the one from last season, when they defeated the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.Its great to see what youre working towards, said Broncos safety T.J. Ward, a member of last seasons title team. Its great to see it in front of you rather than a picture. Its here in the flesh for guys who didnt get a chance to hold it last year. Its just a reminder. I hope it motivates other players. Its just a good thing to have in the locker room.Head coach Gary Kubiak thought so to, especially with the Broncos gearing up to face the Chiefs, with whom they are tied for second in the AFC West at 7-3, a game behind the division leading Oakland Raiders.Its a new year and a new battle, Kubiak said. I think this team is really excited: the coaches, the organization, everybody. Were there with six weeks to play. We have a lot of big football games to play in. Thats why we do what we do. Were all excited. You can feel it around here.So can the Chiefs, who are in the thick of the chase for a playoff berth as well. The game between the division rivals, originally scheduled in the afternoon, was flexed to a prime-time matchup.I dont think you could make it any bigger or more intense than it already is, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told reporters. The way the division has gone to this point, its already pretty tight.This is our first crack at these guys and theyre the defending Super Bowl champions. Weve been in a lot of battles with these guys over the years and the fact that it got moved to the Sunday night game, itll be under the lights and we understand that. Itll be fun. I dont think it could be any more intense than it alreaddy is. Nike Air Max Womens 90 Yellow. As it did last season, Denver has leaned on its staunch defense to get the best of opposing teams. But the offense has shown progress in its bid to achieve greater balance in the run and pass games under the direction of quarterback Trevor Siemian, whose seven wins are the second most by a Broncos quarterback in his first nine career starts in team history.He hasnt had that much consistency, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. Hes not very tall in the pocket, but somehow he is still making all the throws he needs to make. So hats off to that. Youd think a shorter guy like him -- hes not crazy short, but I think he should have some problems seeing back there, and hes pretty comfortable back there. Hopefully, we can make him uncomfortable. Thats our plan.The Broncos, coming off a bye, have had a chance to heal up going into their first meeting of the season with the Chiefs, who were upset last week by Tampa Bay.Fullback Andy Janovich had the cast protecting a broken hand removed during the bye week, which should help restore him as a receiving threat as well as aid in his lead blocking for the running game and blitz protection on passing downs.Defensive end Derek Wolfe returned to practice this week after missing the Broncos win at New Orleans two weeks ago with an elbow injury, and cornerback Aqib Talib, sidelined since Oct. 24 with a lower back problem, also resumed practicing and is expected to be ready to face the Chiefs.The Chiefs have their share of injuries to contend with, though Johnson is expected to play despite dealing with some soreness in his Achilles tendon.Both wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (groin) and outside linebacker Dee Ford (hamstring) have been declared out of the game.Cornerback Marcus Peters (hip) and linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) also had some limitations in practice in the days leading up to the game. 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