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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 2 Issue: 5

A Survey of the Performance Demands of Cricket Fielding and Wicket-Keeping

Danielle MacDonald1,2*, John Cronin1,2,3, Michael McGuigan1,3 and Richard Stretch4
1Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
2New Zealand Cricket, Christchurch, New Zealand
3School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
4Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Corresponding author : Danielle MacDonald
Sport Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT University, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Received: September 28, 2013 Accepted: November 16, 2013 Published: November 20, 2013
Citation: MacDonald D, Cronin J, McGuigan M, Stretch R (2013) A Survey of the Performance Demands of Cricket Fielding and Wicket-Keeping. J Athl Enhancement 2:6. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000127

Abstract

A Survey of the Performance Demands of Cricket Fielding and Wicket-Keeping

Cricket is one of the most watched team sports in the world, largely due to its popularity in Commonwealth countries. It is a game that has three formats (Test, One Day, and Twenty20) and all players are required to bat and field, whereas only some players bowl. Despite the importance of cricket fielding in the context of the game, there is a paucity of peer-reviewed research investigating fielding compared to the other components of the game. The only study which has investigated fielding skills with respect to position acknowledged the wicket-keeper as a specialist position within the fielding unit. However, despite this there have been only two studies investigating the wicket-keeper specifically. One study investigated the footwork patterns of wicket-keepers and the other investigated the forces exerted on the knees with different wicket-keeping crouch techniques.

Keywords: Cricket; Performance; Wicket-keepers; Fielding; One Day International Cricket (ODI)

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