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Accelerometery and heart rate responses of professional fast-medium bowlers in one-day and multi-day cricket

Johnstone, James A.; Hughes, Gerwyn; Mitchell, Andrew C.; Ford, Paul A.; Watson, Tim; Duffield, Rob; Gordon, Dan; Roberts, Justin D.; Garrett, Andrew T.


James A. Johnstone

Gerwyn Hughes

Andrew C. Mitchell

Paul A. Ford

Tim Watson

Rob Duffield

Dan Gordon

Justin D. Roberts

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Dr Andrew Garrett
Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Environmental Physiology


The physical demands of fast-medium bowling are increasingly being recognised, yet comparative exploration of the differing demands between competitive formats (i.e. one-day [OD] versus multi-day [MD] matches) remain minimal. The aim of this study was to describe in-match physiological profiles of professional fast-medium bowlers from England across different versions of competitive matches using a multivariable wearable monitoring device. Seven professional cricket fast-medium bowlers wore the BioharnessTM monitoring device during matches, over three seasons (>80 hours in-match). Heart Rate (HR) and Acceleromety (ACC) was compared across match types (OD, MD) and different in-match activity states (Bowling, Between over bowling, Fielding). Peak acceleration during OD bowling was significantly higher in comparison to MD cricket ([OD vs. MD] 234.1 ± 57.9 vs 226.6 ± 32.9 ct·episode-1, p < 0.05, ES = 0.11-0.30). Data for ACC were also higher during OD than MD fielding activities (p < 0.01, ES = 0.11-.30). OD bowling stimulated higher mean HR responses (143 ± 14 vs 137 ± 16 beats·min-1, p < 0.05, ES = 0.21) when compared to MD matches. This increase in OD cricket was evident for both between over (129 ± 9 vs 120 ± 13 beats·min-1,p < 0.01, ES = 0.11-0.50) and during fielding (115 ± 12 vs 106 ± 12 beats·min-1, p < 0.01, ES = 0.36) activity. The increased HR and ACC evident in OD matches suggest greater acute physical loads than MD formats. Therefore, use of wearable technology and the findings provided give a valuable appreciation of the differences in match loads, and thus required physiological preparation and recovery in fast-medium bowlers.


Johnstone, J. A., Hughes, G., Mitchell, A. C., Ford, P. A., Watson, T., Duffield, R., …Garrett, A. T. (2017). Accelerometery and heart rate responses of professional fast-medium bowlers in one-day and multi-day cricket. Journal of sports science & medicine, 16, 311-317

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 24, 2017
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2017
Publication Date Aug 8, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 8, 2017
Journal Journal of sports science and medicine
Print ISSN 1303-2968
Electronic ISSN 1303-2968
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Pages 311-317
Keywords Wearable monitoring, Psychological profiles, In-match data, Technology
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Additional Information This is a copy of an open access article published in Journal of sports science and medicine, 2017, v.16.


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