Almost on a daily basis we read about another coach blaming their players for poor decision-making. You do not often hear them blame it on poor foot movement or hand positioning.
So what is causing the poor decision-making? The brain is designed to assess 'flight or fight'. This triggers hormones which trigger different reactions in people and ultimately can trigger different biases. Sometimes the decisions are good and sometimes they are bad. It is about developing the decision-making so that effective decisions are made when under pressure, stress, exhaustion and hunger.
We see stress as one of the biggest barriers to performance in athletes as well as those working in business. If we can identify the cause, then we can deal with the effect. In athletes, we see very rapid responses when this is done.
Australia's batsmen were guilty of poor decisions to squander their first innings advantage and begin the slide to defeat against Sri Lanka at Pallekele, while the left-arm spinner Jon Holland is all but assured of a Test debut in Galle. The coach Darren Lehmann offered these conclusions as he set about working with the captain Steven Smith to keep the tourists in the series and atop the world rankings.