I heard Matthew Hayden talk about this idea of starting with bat lower to create so "flow" so to speak. He encouraged coaches who worked with young cricketers just starting out to have their bat near or on the ground in their set ups. I agree with Haydos but I do feel as coaches we have to be careful that we do not impose our own ideas on any player. I feel batting is such a personal thing and whatever feels most comfortable and natural is going to work for that particular individual. If we look over time at all the successful batsman of the game and compared them, you would find that they all have slightly different ways of doing things. This is what makes the game so exciting to watch! Whether you start with the bat up like Shane Watson, down like Brian Lara or in between like Martin Love did towards the end of his career, it is important that you follow the basic principles of batting. The best players in the world do the basics the best. Simple as that!