Physical profiling of international cricket players: an investigation between bowlers and batters

Weldon, Anthony, Clarke, Neil, Pote, Lee and Bishop, Chris ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Physical profiling of international cricket players: an investigation between bowlers and batters. Biology of Sport, 38 (4) . pp. 507-515. ISSN 0860-021X [Article] (doi:10.5114/biolsport.2021.100148)

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Objective: This study aims to develop a physical profile of international cricketers, and investigate if positional differences exist between bowlers and batters.

Methods: Nineteen, international male cricketers, eleven bowlers (age 24.1 ± 5.2 years; height 179.73 ± 5.27 cm; weight 73.64 ± 6.65 kg), and eight batters (age 22.9 ± 3.8 years; height 180.25 ± 5.57 cm; weight 77.01 ± 8.99 kg) participated in this study. The physical test battery included; power, speed, strength and aerobic fitness tests.

Results: Batters demonstrated significantly higher scores for the countermovement jump (p < 0.03; ES = -1.55) and squat jump (p < 0.03; ES = -0.98). Batters showed non-significant but small ES for faster 0-5 m (ES = 0.40) and 0-10 m (ES = 0.35) sprint times, superior hand grip strength (ES = -0.20), and higher Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test scores (ES = -0.46). Bowlers showed non-significant but small ES for faster 5 km time trials (ES = -0.51), lower bodyweight (ES = -0.42) and body fat percentage (ES = -0.30). Intra-positional (i.e., seam and spin bowlers) and individual differences amongst players were observed.

Conclusion: This study provides a physical profile of international cricketers. Batters demonstrated superior lower-body power compared to bowlers and other physical test results were similar across positions. However, individual scores for each physical test demonstrated that differences exist amongst players. This should be accounted for by strength and conditioning coaches when using physical profiling data to inform the design and evaluation of their programs.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 31152
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