The purpose of this study was to compare performance variables and upper body kinematics between cohorts of pathway (illegal and legal action) and elite level (legal) finger-spin (FS) bowlers. Results indicated that pathway illegal bowlers place significantly more revolutions on the ball compared with bowlers of the same level, reflecting that of the higher elite level bowlers. These differences are driven by various upper body kinematic differences at the trunk, elbow and wrist. This research highlights that when bowling with an illegal action, a possible performance benefit exists, reinforcing the current illegal action laws (the law does matter).
Spratford, Wayne; Alderson, Jacqueline; and Elliott, Bruce
"ILLEGAL BOWLING ACTIONS LAWS, DO THEY REALLY MATTER?,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 92.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/92