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A review of the physical and physiological demands associated with cricket fast and spin bowlers
journal contributionposted on 11.06.2018, 00:00 by W Vickery, BJ Dascombe, Aaron ScanlanAaron Scanlan
© 2017, © The Author(s) 2017. Understanding the demands associated with cricket match-play is essential for the development and implementation of training programs to improve the conditioning status of players. With the recent expansion of playing formats in cricket, particularity Twenty20 cricket, coaching staff must ensure that training programs are specific to each playing position and also give consideration to each match format. The current literature collectively highlights that the physical and physiological demands associated with cricket vary considerably across playing positions and match formats. Further, there is a growing body of research detailing the physical and physiological responses of cricket bowlers during training and match-play. Thus, this review provides an overview of the current literature examining the physical and physiological demands of fast and spin bowlers during competitive match-play, training and simulation protocols. Unsurprisingly, the current research suggests that the physical and physiological demands associated with fast bowling differ considerably to spin bowlers. However, the current research also indicates that the use of game-based activities rather than the traditional, net-based training may more closely replicate the demands of match-play. Based on this information, coaches may be able to develop tailored conditioning programs for cricket players specific to match formats. Greater research into the physical and physiological demands elicited during cricket training and match-play may further improve knowledge on the efficacy and validity of current training techniques used in cricket.