An investigation into the differences between right and left handed batsmen in international one-day cricket
Jones, Daniel Owen
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study has investigated whether there are differences between right and left handed batsmen in international one-day cricket. Using a hand notation system, performance profiles were created for right and left handed batsmen in order to identify differences between the two. The researcher recorded 1200 scoring deliveries post event from video footage of the Cricket World Cup in 2003 and the VB series between South Africa and England in 2005. The system was deemed reliable after an intra-reliability test was performed to identify percentage error. The results were supported by a Pearsons Chi squared test of difference to identify significant differences (P < 0.05) between the data. The results of the study showed that there are significant differences with regards to the width and length bowled to and the shot type used by the right and left handed batsmen. These identified differences were shown to have a direct affect on the type and number of runs scored as well as where they were scored. The study also found performance differences between the two groups of batsmen when facing different bowler types and when batting with different partners. In conclusion, this study suggests that left handed batsmen have an advantage over right handed batsmen when facing right handed bowlers who are bowling over the wicket. This difference can be attributed to the right handed bowler’s inability to bowl a consistent line and length from over the wicket. These inconsistencies lead to left handed batsmen scoring more runs and therefore being labelled as better players.
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