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Samuele Joseph and Duncan Cramer

The present study examined elite cricket batsmen’s experiences of sledging to establish its frequency, effects, and the coping strategies used by players. Sledging in cricket is the practice whereby players seek to gain an advantage by insulting or verbally intimidating the opposing batter. Semistructured interviews were conducted on 10 elite batsmen. Interviews were transcribed and content analysis was conducted to elucidate themes. Several similar factors were reported for both the frequency of sledging and its effectiveness, the most influential being the period of innings, state of the game, and in-game pressure. The majority of the reported effects of sledging were negative, most notably, an altered perception of self, an altered state of mind, decreased batting ability, and over arousal. Numerous associated coping strategies were mentioned, the most frequently used being variations of self-talk. Other noteworthy coping strategies included routines, external support, showing frustration, avoidance coping, and relaxation techniques. Overall, players perceived that sledging had a substantial effect on a batter and their level of performance.

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David Cassilo and Danielle Sarver Coombs

On February 4, 2016, the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a professional Twenty20 men’s cricket league, was officially launched with massive public enthusiasm and support of its “cricket-mad” named nation. Despite being headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan, and having “Pakistan” included in its league

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Kieran Cooke, Tom Outram, Raph Brandon, Mark Waldron, Will Vickery, James Keenan, and Jamie Tallent

There are 3 formats of professional domestic cricket in the United Kingdom. Multiday cricket is a minimum of 96 overs per day, for up to 4 days. One-day cricket is played in both a 50-over and 20-over competition. Alongside the demands of training, an in-season period can become clustered and

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Ryan T. Letter, Dan B. Dwyer, Eric J. Drinkwater, and Simon A. Feros

Pace bowling is considered a key component of a successful outcome in a cricket match. 1 The primary aims of a pace bowler are to dismiss the batter and minimize runs conceded. Pace bowlers achieve this by delivering the ball at high speeds and at a particular location on the pitch. Successfully

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Simon A. Feros, Warren B. Young, and Brendan J. O’Brien

Fast bowling is a specialized discipline within the game of cricket. Typically, fast bowlers form the majority of the “bowling attack” against the opposition team. Each fast bowler presents with varying skill sets and abilities. Some bowlers are renowned for their excellent bowling accuracy (eg

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Benita J. Lalor, Jacqueline Tran, Shona L. Halson, Justin G. Kemp, and Stuart J. Cormack

and local time may impact sleep, self-reported fatigue, and symptoms of jet lag upon arrival at the international destination. 2 Considering international travel forms a large part of an elite cricket players schedule, developing an understanding of the sleep patterns of players during and following

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Peter J. Worthington, Mark A. King, and Craig A. Ranson

The aim of this study was to identify the key aspects of technique that characterize the fastest bowlers. Kinematic data were collected for 20 elite male fast bowlers with 11 kinematic parameters calculated, describing elements of fast bowling technique that have previously been linked to ball release speed. Four technique variables were identified as being the best predictors of ball release speed, explaining 74% of the observed variation in ball release speed. The results indicate that the fastest bowlers have a quicker run-up and maintain a straighter knee throughout the front foot contact phase. The fastest bowlers were also observed to exhibit larger amounts of upper trunk flexion up to ball release and to delay the onset of arm circumduction. This study identifies those technique variables that best explain the differences in release speeds among fast bowlers. These results are likely to be useful in both the coaching and talent identification of fast bowlers.

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Samuel J. Callaghan, Robert G. Lockie, Walter Yu, Warren A. Andrews, Robert F. Chipchase, and Sophia Nimphius

Cricket pace bowlers report a greater injury risk in comparison with other playing activities in cricket. 1 – 3 The increased injury risk has been linked to the potential for the adoption of more injury-susceptible techniques and high biomechanical loading experienced during the delivery stride

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Robert Ahmun, Steve McCaig, Jamie Tallent, Sean Williams, and Tim Gabbett

positioning system to record load in the literature, 5 external load of cricket fast bowling is predominantly measured using the number of balls bowled. 6 , 7 However, recently balls bowled has been shown to inadequately capture the cost of fast bowling. 8 Consequently, a hybrid of the session rating of

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Stewart Cotterill

Cricket, as a sport, presents significant psychological challenges to players, coaches, and support staff. In particular, the long duration of games and variability in the overall duration of games can make psychological strategies difficult to apply ( Cotterill & Barker, 2013 ). The psychological