The Development of Fast Bowling Experts in Australian Cricket

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Phillips, Elissa, Davids, Keith, Renshaw, Ian and Portus, Marc (2010) The Development of Fast Bowling Experts in Australian Cricket. Talent Development and Excellence, 2 (2). pp. 137-148. ISSN 1869-0459 (print) 1869-2885 (online)


In this paper, we highlight key concepts from dynamical systems theory and complexity sciences to exemplify constraints on talent development in a sample of elite cricketers. Eleven international fast bowlers who cumulatively had taken more than 2,400 test wickets in over 600 international test matches were interviewed using an in-depth, open-ended, and semi-structured approach. Qualitative data were analysed to identify key components in fast bowling expertise development. Results revealed that, contrary to traditional perspectives, the athletes progressed through unique, nonlinear trajectories of development, which appears to be a commonality in the experts‟ developmental pathways. During development, individual experts encountered unique constraints on the acquisition of expertise in cricket fast bowling, resulting in unique performance adaptations. Specifically, data illustrated experts‟ ability to continually adapt behaviours under multifaceted ecological constraints.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID22436, expertise, skill acquisition, dynamical systems theory, talent development
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