Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2020) 19, 59 - 64

Research article
Movement Demands of an Elite Cricket Team During the Big Bash League in Australia
Robert Sholto-Douglas1, Ryan Cook2, Matthew Wilkie3, Candice Jo-Anne Christie1, 
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1 Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
2 Gary Kirsten Cricket, Cape Town, South Africa
3 Cricket Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Candice Jo-Anne Christie
✉ Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Publish Date
Received: 16-07-2019
Accepted: 26-11-2019
Published (online): 24-02-2020
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There is a lack of research on the movement patterns within Twenty20 (T20) cricket, thus the purpose of this study was to investigate the movement demands placed on elite T20 cricket players playing in The Big Bash League, in Australia, in the 2017/2018 season. Player positional movements were determined from the time motion data obtained from a portable 10 Hz global positioning (GPS) unit. Overall, all the players covered between 1.77km and 6.54km in a time ranging between 40.4 minutes and 96.5 minutes. Fast bowlers covered a mean distance of 6.5 (±0.5) km, batsmen 1.7 (±1.2) km and fielders 5.9 (±0.9) km. This is the first study that has looked at the movement demands of players in The Big Bash League and found that bowlers have the highest movement demands followed by fielding. With that, arguably, more attention needs to be devoted to bowling and particularly fielding which is often not prioritized. However, overall demands of T20 cricketers have decreased. Cricketers and coaches need to ensure that they adapt training to ensure that their players are physically prepared for the associated demands.

Key words: Twenty20, GPS, fast bowling, batting, fielding

           Key Points
  • It is important to apply successful game tactics and select players that are more able to perform the required movement demands, or to train appropriately, to complete them.
  • With increased knowledge of movements, it will help design more individualized training programs.
  • Fielders have higher loads than originally thought; therefore, more attention needs to be devoted to fielding, in terms of training, the demands required of them- are an often-neglected part of the game.
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