Cricket Australia commissions research for chucker detecting device

February 25th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Feb.25 (ANI): The International Cricket Council and the MCC have commissioned a research by Cricket Australia, Griffith University and the Australian Institute of Sport into developing a device to detect chuckers.
Once in the pipeline, the device can measure degrees of flex in the bowling arm.
Crucially, the device will be small enough to sit comfortably on a bowler’’s arm during delivery in a match, allowing accurate readings when he is straining every sinew.
Those questions may soon be answered, with the project team to submit a working model for experimental use in early 2010.
The leader of the project is Dr Daniel James, the head of Griffith’’s Sport and Biomedical division.
His major challenge is to harness technology already used to test the arm actions of swimmers and tennis players so it can provide the specific information key to determining the legality of a bowling action, reports Fox Sports.
Presently, the laws of the game state that bowlers are allowed no more than 15 degrees of flex in the elbow - commonly regarded as the point at which a “kink” in the elbow becomes noticeable to the naked eye.
Successful measuring of the elbow flex via the small, portable device - which should be similar in size to an iPod Shuffle - would allow for a whole host of conveniences, including the scrapping of any need for bowlers to visit a laboratory to prove the purity of their action.
It would also allow coaches around the world to test young bowlers and correct their actions before they even reached the international stage. (ANI)

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