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How do world-class cricket batsmen anticipate a bowler's intention?

Müller, S, Abernethy, Bruce and Farrow, Damian (2006) How do world-class cricket batsmen anticipate a bowler's intention? The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59 (12). pp. 2162-2186. ISSN 1747-0218

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Four experiments are reported that examine the ability of cricket batsmen of different skill levels to pick up advance information to anticipate the type and length of balls bowled by swing and spin bowlers. The information available upon which to make the predictive judgements was manipulated through a combination of temporal occlusion of the display and selective occlusion or presentation of putative anticipatory cues. In addition to a capability to pick up advance information from the same cues used by intermediate and low-skilled players, highly skilled players demonstrated the additional, unique capability to pick up advance information from some specific early cues (especially bowling hand and arm cues) to which the less skilled players were not attuned. The acquisition of expert perceptual-motor skill appears to involve not only refinement of information extraction but also progression to the use of earlier, kinematically relevant sources of information.

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Online ISSN: 1747-0226

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22103. cricket, cricketers, batsmen, bowlers, batting, bowling, anticipation, occlusion, predictive judgement, perceptual-motor skill
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 23:52
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2019 22:41
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