Creating a Smart Cricket Ball
Article by Ryan Malcolm
by Prof. Tino Fuss
The ability to calculate a range of parameters, such as spin velocity and finger torque imparted on a cricket ball, has revolutionised the difficult art of spin bowling, allowing the development of advanced coaching techniques while also aiding intervention studies for elite cricketers.
By devising the “perfect” amount of forces imparted on a cricket ball, coaches can recognise when this optimum level is not achieved and promote a change in technique to better allow an athlete to reach their peak.
The success of this project lies within its ability to extrapolate data from 19 different variations of spin delivery, ensuring it will be an integral coaching tool for cricket's elite in the coming years. It has already been used to develop the technique of Hobart Hurricanes star Clive Rose, whose left-arm spin bowling is currently regarded among Australia's elite.