Enhancing cricket batting skill: implications for biomechanics and skill acquisition research and practice

Sports Biomech. 2011 Nov;10(4):294-305. doi: 10.1080/14763141.2011.629674.


This review synthesises the biomechanical and skill acquisition/sport expertise literature focused on the skill of cricket batting. The literature is briefly reviewed and the major limitations, challenges, and suggested future research directions are outlined. This is designed to stimulate researchers to enhance the understanding of cricket batting biomechanics and skill acquisition and in turn assist cricket coaches develop efficacious batting skill development programmes. An interdisciplinary approach between biomechanists and skill acquisition specialists is advocated to further knowledge of the underlying processes and mechanisms of cricket batting expertise. Issues such as skill measurement, practice design, ball machines, skill transfer, the impact of Twenty/20 cricket, video simulation, and skill decomposition are discussed. The ProBatter ball machine systems are introduced along with suggestions for best practice approaches for coaches when designing batting skill development programmes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Motor Skills / physiology
  • Movement / physiology*
  • Sports / physiology*
  • Upper Extremity / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology