Australia to use torpedo technology to monitor fast bowlers

Australia to use torpedo technology to monitor fast bowlers

Bowlers who got injured
Mitchell Starc. (© Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Australia has come with an advanced way of preventing their fast bowlers from getting injured. The Aussies will soon resort to guided missile technology in order to help their fast bowlers stay away from injuries and niggles. Reportedly, this effort has been put in to make that the top fast bowlers stay in shape for the Ashes next year.

Steve Smith’s team have been marred by injuries in their pace attack. Peter Siddle and James Pattinson are currently out of action while Mitchell Starc has just recovered after being sidelined since November with a foot fracture.

The upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will see the Australian bowlers embrace the “torpedo technology”, using “smart algorithms” planted in a wearable tracking device, to track and reduce injuries to the pacemen.

Sports scientists at Australian Catholic University’s School of Exercise Science developed the algorithms and have recommended in a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that cricket coaches use them.

“These ‘smart algorithms’ rely on the interaction of the accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes housed within the wearable unit – the same technology used to navigate submarines, guided missiles and spacecraft,” the report’s co-author Dr Tim Gabbett said.

Existing methods of measuring the workload of the bowler only take into account the number of deliveries bowled and not the intensity and effort required.

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“Tagging individual balls with an intensity measure provides both immediate analysis such as identifying effort balls, or potentially a drop in performance due to fatigue, or longer term workload analysis,” Dean McNamara, the other co-author, added.

“Measuring bowling intensity for individual balls or sessions provides context for the acute and chronic workload of the individual bowler, and ultimately the preparedness of the bowler for the maximal workload of the immediate competition.”

The researchers have also assisted the Wales rugby union team, who take on world champions New Zealand in a three-test series next month, and believe the technology could be applicable in baseball, tennis, football and many other sports.