CRICKET BOWLING: A TWO-SEGMENT LAGRANGIAN MODEL

  • R.E. D. Ferdinands
  • K. A. Broughan
  • H. Round
Keywords: cricket, bowling biomechanics, Lagrangian model

Abstract

In this study, a Lagrangian forward solution of the bowling arm in cricket is made using a two-segment rigid body model, coupled with projectile equations for the free flight of the ball. For given initial arm positions and constant joint torques, the equations are solved numerically to determine the ball speed and arm angle at release so that the ball can land on a predetermined position on the pitch. The model was driven with kinematic data from video obtained from an elite bowler. The model can be analysed in order to study the biomechanics of the bowling arm as well as to quantify the effects of changing input parameters on the trajectory and speed of the ball.