The aim of this study was to identify the technique parameters characterising batsmen who generate large carry distances, ball launch speeds, and bat speeds during a range hitting task in cricket. Kinematic data were collected for 20 batsmen, and a series of ball launch, impact, and technique parameters were calculated for each trial. A regression analysis found impact location relative to the sweetspot and bat speed together to explain 70% of the observed variation in ball speed. A further regression analysis found the maximum X-factor (the separation between the pelvis and thorax segments in the transverse plane), front elbow extension, and wrist uncocking during the downswing explained 66% of the observed variation in bat speed. These findings will be useful in coaching more effective hitters, and in assessing the mechanics of generating bat speed.
Peploe, Chris; McErlain-Naylor, Stuart; Harland, Andy; and King, Mark
"RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN HITTING TECHNIQUE AND BALL CARRY DISTANCE IN CRICKET,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 68.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/68