As we prepare for our season of Pressure Cricket at Nuna, let’s consider some of the psychological considerations and the story of the geese:
1 When you see geese heading back north for the summer flying along in “V” formation, you might reflect on what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 % greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own – a team of cricketers sharing a common direction and sense of unity can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they travel on the thrust of one another
2 If a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front – there is strength , power and safety in numbers when traveling in the same direction as others with whom we share a common goal; worth looking at your teammates in that context whatever the team sport but cricket shares its own vulnerabilities and The opening bats support the number 3 then the four and so on
3 When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point – it pays to take turns doing hard jobs, the bowlers working as teams need look no further to pursuit cycling to see the application of the principle
4 The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed – those who exercise leadership need to be remembered with our active support and praise, and in the team game environment that is the 1% so often referred to by coaches in profile sports: this is a major area for improvement in training cricketers for the future
5 If a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him; they stay until he is either able to fly or until he is dead. Then they launch out on their own or join another with another formation to catch up with their original group – we must stand by those among us in their times of need, or in sporting arena hang tough beside those teammates who are experiencing a form lapse.