Oz pacemen to use high-tech tracking system

Cricket Australia will employ missile-guiding technology to monitor the workloads and intensity of fast bowlers to manage fatigue, and keep their quicks fit and firing for longer.

An algorithm developed at the Australian Catholic University may allow Australia to revolutionize the way cricket teams manage the workloads of their fast bowlers. The technology developed to guide missiles and submarines will be used to detect effort balls as well as any drops in performance due to fatigue.

Currently sports scientists use a basic system of monitoring, tracking the number of balls bowled in both matches and training. Researchers at ACU are using wearable military technology to track the intensity of each delivery to monitor bowlers for signs of fatigue.

The modern game has put tremendous strain on cricketers, in particular fast bowlers and researchers are looking to develop new ways of tracking fatigue and managing workloads to keep bowlers fit and performing at their best.

Sports scientist and researcher Dean McNamara explains in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: "Measuring bowling intensity for individual balls or sessions provides context for the acute and chronic workload of the individual bowler, and ultimately the preparedness of the bowler for the maximal workload of the immediate competition."

Australia will begin another long season in earnest when they take on the West Indies and South Africa in a triangular series in the Caribbean in June before embarking on a tour of Sri Lanka.

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