14/09/2018 - 14:07

Murdoch, WACA, hope to hit science sixes

14/09/2018 - 14:07

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Helping the state’s elite batsman become better run scorers is one planned outcome from a deal between Murdoch University and the Western Australian Cricket Association announced today.

Murdoch, WACA, hope to hit science sixes
Action at the WACA during the recent Ashes series. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Helping the state’s elite batsman become better run scorers is one planned outcome from a deal between Murdoch University and the Western Australian Cricket Association announced today.

Murdoch and the WACA have had a relationship since 2011, when sports science researchers from the university started working with the cricketers to improve performance.

The WACA controls domestic men’s team the Western Warriors, women’s team the Western Fury and local Twenty20 outfit Perth Scorchers.

Murdoch has worked with players from those teams to help them fine tune batting actions.

As part of the deal, Murdoch will make major upgrades to its sporting facilities.

It will also offer research and scholarship opportunities and work placements.

Murdoch head of exercise science Sean Müller said the recent research focus was on training loads.

“We will use micro-sensors to examine the loading on players during rotational and impact movements,” he said.

“For example, micro-sensors will be used to measure distance covered and impact loading during bowling, as well as change of direction performance when running between the wickets.”

Other research includes how batsmen read bowlers cues, using special glasses to block out vision while the ball is in flight.

They then need to predict flight based on the bowler's action.

Dr Müller said he hoped advances in performance monitoring technology would improve training practices and performance.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said a further part of the partnership would be supporting leadership progression for women.

Murdoch University vice-chancellor Eeva Leinonen said the collaboration was part of a move towards increased community involvement.

"We're also really delighted that we have the WACA and its teams on our campus, it is very big for us to get involved in our communities, one of our big goals," she said.

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