Cricket Fitness

Fitness is a very important aspect of cricket performance with physically prepared cricketers proven to perform better, more consistently and with fewer injuries. The physical attributes of strength, speed and endurance enables a cricketer to bat with power over long periods of time, bowl faster and with greater accuracy, and to field athletically. Every cricketer has a different role, position, action or technique and fitness training should recognise these differences and be programmed accordingly. A well-structured training program for a cricketer must consider the individuals training history, injury history, training age, positional requirements, technical execution and training objectives.

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What are the physical demands of cricket?

  • Not all formats are the same!
  • Multi-day matches require a high number of kilometres to be covered running and sprinting spread out over a long period of time. There is a requirement to bowl a large number of overs and bat for an extended period of time.
  • One day cricket requires a fast bowler to cover on average 16 km per game while performing 66 sprints. Quality movement in the field and quick running between the wickets are essential components for success.
  • During a Twenty20 match fielders cover 6.4 - 8.5 km during 80 mins of fielding, while fast bowlers cover 8.5km and sprint 42 times. This format of the game moves quickly and there are increased demands in intensity and explosive ability with the bat and ball.

What are the demands of fast bowlers?

  • A fast bowler can reach up to 95% of their maximum running speed during their run-up. This may determine how fast you bowl.
  • A fast bowler potentially has to absorb 5-7 times their bodyweight when their front and back foot impacts with the ground.
  • Leg strength is an important determinant of fast bowling speed and the ability to absorb forces. Leg strength is therefore important for performance and injury prevention.

What are the demands for batsmen?

  • Fatigue impacts upon decision making in batting.
  • Functional strength and movement affects your ability to execute your cricketing shots. This means that batsmen need to work from a stable and balanced base.
  • Running speed and endurance relates to how effectively over long periods of time you can run between wickets.

What are the demands for Spin Bowlers?

  • Functional strength and movement affects your ability to execute spin bowling deliveries with consistency.
  • Acceleration and explosive lateral movement are important contributors to fielding off your own bowling.

What are the demands of Wicketkeeping?

  • A wicketkeeper is required to perform anywhere from 120 – 600 squats per day.
  • Explosive movement both laterally and above are important to be able to take every chance.
  • Acceleration is important when running to the wicket to receive a ball or to the field close to the batsmen.
  • Good foot movement is a key component of effective wicketkeeping.

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