Understanding what makes cricketers super-elite

In this research project funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Prof Lew Hardy and Dr Gavin Lawrence, along with PhD student Ben Jones are conducting a detailed examination of the biographical development of cricketers who differ in their expertise levels; 'super-elite' and elite players. Specifically, they will be examining the extent that which practice and training histories, along with demographic factors influence the pathway to the top.

The research is based on the insights given by the deliberate practice/play research that mostly focuses on the quantity of practice. The study also comes on the back of promising findings in the Great British Medallists study relating to athletes' practice and training histories which could be explored further by adopting a similar framework to a single sport in future research.

The purpose of the present work is to assist with identifying the extent to which the micro nature and structure of cricketers practice and training, along with demographical factors, influence elite development. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify players that have a high probability of being successful at international level.

Publication date: 5 October 2015