Relationships between hitting technique and ball carry distance in cricket


The aim of this study was to identify the technique parameters characterising batsmen who generate large carry distances, ball launch speeds, and bat speeds during a range hitting task in cricket. Kinematic data were collected for 20 batsmen, and a series of ball launch, impact, and technique parameters were calculated for each trial. A regression analysis found impact location relative to the sweetspot and bat speed together to explain 70% of the observed variation in ball speed. A further regression analysis found the maximum X-factor (the separation between the pelvis and thorax segments in the transverse plane), front elbow extension, and wrist uncocking during the downswing explained 66% of the observed variation in bat speed. These findings will be useful in coaching more effective hitters, and in assessing the mechanics of generating bat speed.

In 35th Conference of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports