Australian players use state of the art technology to help protect themselves from exertion

Australian players were wearing GPS tracking vests during the match

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Cricket Australia has forever been renowned for bringing new technologies into the park. The second ODI at Kolkata saw Australian players wearing GPS tracking vests under their uniforms to monitor their exertion due to the hot and humid conditions in the Eastern part of the country.

During the match, Australian bowler Kane Richardson was going through his spell in the 12th over when he pulled out of his run-up due to wear. The camera zoomed into the back of Richardson’s shirt and a visible lump was seen along the spine.


Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who was present in the commentary box explained the whole phenomenon behind the use of the special vest. With the help of the GPS tracker device, the Australian strength and conditioning coach would monitor to track the players’ fitness.

Fitness is something paramount in this day and age of cricket. Indian team themselves have prioritized this aspect in the field of selection of the team. The likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh have been unable to make the cut into the side due to non-fulfilment of criterion fixed for standard fitness standards.

Australians used the latest technology to deal with the humidity in Kolkata

This type of tracking helps to monitor the players’ heart rate and measure the distance player covers during a game on the basis of steps taken. The device also helps record the speeds that a player can reach during a match.

The GPS tracking alarmed the bowlers regarding wear out due to the humid conditions in Kolkata. Liquid intake is absolutely crucial in such situations. Peter Handscomb was recently seen getting all sapped due to the humid conditions in Chittagong.

The Indian team might opt to take a lesson or two to take from the Australian players who use cutting age technology to assist the fitness of players in their squad. Indians are yet to manage same levels of endurance levels of Australian players. The latest coaching staff under the leadership of Kohli has intended to bring in a superfit squad.