Sunglasses will be England cricket team’s secret weapon

May 31st, 2009 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 31 (IANS) Coloured Sunglasses will be the England cricket team’s secret weapon this summer.
Cricketers have been advised on how they can optimise their vision by wearing the right coloured lenses from a selection of yellow, red, gold, silver and orange for different conditions, reports The Daily Telegraph.

The daily reported that optometrists and sports scientists at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have been conducting tests to find the best way to combat the glaring sunshine that can impede players’ vision while attempting crucial catches.

The researchers found that with the right kind of glasses, cricketers can improve their vision to spot the ball by up to 28 per cent compared to wearing no sunglasses.

Players have now been told how to optimise their vision by wearing the right coloured lenses for the conditions from a selection of yellow, red, gold, silver and orange.

Orange lenses were found to be better for players at dusk, particularly when playing with a white ball rather than the traditional red ball.

Nick Dash, an optometrist at Loughborough University and an expert in sports vision, conducted the research in a series of tests with the England Lions team in India.

Players, including bowler Monty Panesar, were asked to wear different coloured lenses to see what improvement they made to their performance. They were also put through their paces by fielding machines under a range of different lighting conditions.

Sports equipment major adidas is expected to supply new eyewear for the team to help them in their summer matches.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said he regularly wears black-tinted sunglasses to help him pick out the ball in bright conditions.

“I wear black iridium sunglasses. I used to wear them when it was windy to help keep the wind out of my eyes. When it was sunny or slightly bright it would help reduce the glare. With the amount of time we spend outside, a lot of the players find it helps relax our eyes if we are wearing sunglasses and it can help you pick the ball up quicker,” he said.

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