THE EFFECT OF PERFORMANCE LEVEL ON INITIAL BALL FLIGHT KINEMATICS IN ELITE AND PATHWAY WRIST-SPIN BOWLERS

  • Wayne Spratford
  • David Whiteside
  • Bruce Elliott
  • Marc Portus
  • Nicholas Brown
  • Jacqueline Alderson
Keywords: Magnus effect, spin-rate, seam, spin axis, cricket

Abstract

The aim of this study was to provide foundation knowledge for 3D ball kinematics for elite and pathway wrist-spin (WS) bowlers, enabling performance measures that discriminate between skill levels to be identified. Results indicated that elite bowlers deliver the ball with significantly higher velocity and spin axis azimuth angle and with a lower seam azimuth angle. These differences all have the potential to positively influence the flight characteristics, and as such can be used as performance measures to discriminate between skill levels of cricket spin bowlers.
Published
2016-05-05
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities