It starts in the morning when you are working out what to have for breakfast. What socks you are going to wear.
We make decisions every minute of the day.
So, when we train, what do we do to ensure we are putting ourselves in the position to be making decisions?
I've had many discussions over the years about bowling machines and their benefits. Sure, you can set it up so you have to make different decisions, but at the end of the day release points don't change, lengths and lines seldom change and I just don't think over time they are an engaging training tool.
Enter Sidearms, or flingers, or as I affectionately call them, "whangers".
They encourage decision making every ball. No 2 balls are the same, just like a game, and release points are variable, just like a game.
Watch any video of Joe Root or Steve Smith training and you'll see him facing sidearms. Very very rarely on a bowling machine.
They are portable, can interchange with other bowlers, and pretty much do anything you want on the fly.
I strongly recommend getting one in your kit and getting proficient with using one, or helping mum or dad get used to using one (I know a mate even brought one for his girlfriend this Christmas!). It'll improve your training and the training you provide to team mates.
The best decision makers make the best players, that is a fact!