The purpose of this study is to discuss the biomechanical implications of the batting backlift technique (BBT) in cricket. Studies were cross-sectional in which both observational and analytical research methods were employed among past and present successful cricketers (n = 299). Biomechanical and video analyses were performed on all participant groups to determine the type of BBT that they performed. The analyses was conducted utilising the Kinovea TM (Version 0.8.15) software package. This paper showed that the lateral batting backlift technique (LBBT) is a likely contributing factor to successful batsmanship at all levels of cricket ability (junior, adolescent, semi-professional, professional, international and former elite/successful cricketers). It was also found that if batsmen want to be successful at the highest level of cricket, a LBBT is a successful contributing factor (among many of the other contributing factors for success in cricket batting) if adopted at the elite level. Furthermore, the LBBT can assist batsmen in improved performances over the varied formats of cricket between Tests, ODIs and T20s. Despite promising results, there is still a need to answer a number of questions through further in-depth biomechanical investigations and through interventions that are more counter-intuitive.
"BIOMECHANICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE BATTING BACKLIFT TECHNIQUE IN CRICKET: A COLLATION OF CURRENT EVIDENCE,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 38:
1, Article 243.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol38/iss1/243