Ecological dynamics of spin bowling in test match cricket

A longitudinal analysis of delivery speed between Australia and India

Rian H. Crowther, Adam D. Gorman, Wayne A. Spratford, Mark G. Sayers, Alex Kountouris

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to highlight the effects of the environment on spin bowling tactics in test match cricket. The speed differences employed by Indian and Australian spin bowlers in home and away test matches were examined over a nine-year period. Eleven test matches played in Australia and 10 test matches played in India from 2007 to 2015 were analysed (3413 spin overs). During this time, 12 spin bowlers represented Australia (mean age 28.0 ± 3.7 years) and 13 represented India (mean age 29.1 ± 4.1 years). In each environment, the home team’s spin bowlers were more successful than the away team’s bowlers. There was no difference in mean delivery speed between the teams when competing in either country’s conditions. However, success in Australia was associated with less variability of delivery speed. In contrast, success in India was associated with greater variability of delivery speed. This would suggest that neither team changed this aspect of their delivery tactics to suit the opposition’s home environment, demonstrating the difficulty that even elite spin bowlers experience in adapting to unfamiliar conditions. These findings highlight the need for diversity in practice conditions by creating representatively designed learning environments to help spin bowlers acquire the adaptive behaviours required in test match cricket.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1056
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

match
India
tactics
learning environment
opposition
elite
experience

Cite this

@article{c5c680ebc4f44d98a519cf0294ff37a8,
title = "Ecological dynamics of spin bowling in test match cricket: A longitudinal analysis of delivery speed between Australia and India",
abstract = "The purpose of this study was to highlight the effects of the environment on spin bowling tactics in test match cricket. The speed differences employed by Indian and Australian spin bowlers in home and away test matches were examined over a nine-year period. Eleven test matches played in Australia and 10 test matches played in India from 2007 to 2015 were analysed (3413 spin overs). During this time, 12 spin bowlers represented Australia (mean age 28.0 ± 3.7 years) and 13 represented India (mean age 29.1 ± 4.1 years). In each environment, the home team’s spin bowlers were more successful than the away team’s bowlers. There was no difference in mean delivery speed between the teams when competing in either country’s conditions. However, success in Australia was associated with less variability of delivery speed. In contrast, success in India was associated with greater variability of delivery speed. This would suggest that neither team changed this aspect of their delivery tactics to suit the opposition’s home environment, demonstrating the difficulty that even elite spin bowlers experience in adapting to unfamiliar conditions. These findings highlight the need for diversity in practice conditions by creating representatively designed learning environments to help spin bowlers acquire the adaptive behaviours required in test match cricket.",
keywords = "Environmental constraints, expertise, sport tactics",
author = "Crowther, {Rian H.} and Gorman, {Adam D.} and Spratford, {Wayne A.} and Sayers, {Mark G.} and Alex Kountouris",
year = "2018",
month = "12",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/1747954118761202",
language = "English",
volume = "13",
pages = "1048--1056",
journal = "International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching",
issn = "1747-9541",
publisher = "Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd.",
number = "6",

}

Ecological dynamics of spin bowling in test match cricket : A longitudinal analysis of delivery speed between Australia and India. / Crowther, Rian H.; Gorman, Adam D.; Spratford, Wayne A.; Sayers, Mark G.; Kountouris, Alex.

In: International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, Vol. 13, No. 6, 01.12.2018, p. 1048-1056.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Ecological dynamics of spin bowling in test match cricket

T2 - A longitudinal analysis of delivery speed between Australia and India

AU - Crowther, Rian H.

AU - Gorman, Adam D.

AU - Spratford, Wayne A.

AU - Sayers, Mark G.

AU - Kountouris, Alex

PY - 2018/12/1

Y1 - 2018/12/1

N2 - The purpose of this study was to highlight the effects of the environment on spin bowling tactics in test match cricket. The speed differences employed by Indian and Australian spin bowlers in home and away test matches were examined over a nine-year period. Eleven test matches played in Australia and 10 test matches played in India from 2007 to 2015 were analysed (3413 spin overs). During this time, 12 spin bowlers represented Australia (mean age 28.0 ± 3.7 years) and 13 represented India (mean age 29.1 ± 4.1 years). In each environment, the home team’s spin bowlers were more successful than the away team’s bowlers. There was no difference in mean delivery speed between the teams when competing in either country’s conditions. However, success in Australia was associated with less variability of delivery speed. In contrast, success in India was associated with greater variability of delivery speed. This would suggest that neither team changed this aspect of their delivery tactics to suit the opposition’s home environment, demonstrating the difficulty that even elite spin bowlers experience in adapting to unfamiliar conditions. These findings highlight the need for diversity in practice conditions by creating representatively designed learning environments to help spin bowlers acquire the adaptive behaviours required in test match cricket.

AB - The purpose of this study was to highlight the effects of the environment on spin bowling tactics in test match cricket. The speed differences employed by Indian and Australian spin bowlers in home and away test matches were examined over a nine-year period. Eleven test matches played in Australia and 10 test matches played in India from 2007 to 2015 were analysed (3413 spin overs). During this time, 12 spin bowlers represented Australia (mean age 28.0 ± 3.7 years) and 13 represented India (mean age 29.1 ± 4.1 years). In each environment, the home team’s spin bowlers were more successful than the away team’s bowlers. There was no difference in mean delivery speed between the teams when competing in either country’s conditions. However, success in Australia was associated with less variability of delivery speed. In contrast, success in India was associated with greater variability of delivery speed. This would suggest that neither team changed this aspect of their delivery tactics to suit the opposition’s home environment, demonstrating the difficulty that even elite spin bowlers experience in adapting to unfamiliar conditions. These findings highlight the need for diversity in practice conditions by creating representatively designed learning environments to help spin bowlers acquire the adaptive behaviours required in test match cricket.

KW - Environmental constraints

KW - expertise

KW - sport tactics

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85057065916&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/1747954118761202

DO - 10.1177/1747954118761202

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 1048

EP - 1056

JO - International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

JF - International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

SN - 1747-9541

IS - 6

ER -