The normal impact of a cricket ball on a cricket pitch

JAMES, D., CARRE, M. J. and HAAKE, Steve (2004). The normal impact of a cricket ball on a cricket pitch. In: HUBBARD, M., MEHTA, R. D. and PALLIS, J. M., (eds.) The engineering of sport 5. International sport engineering association, 66-72.

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The surface on to which a bowler projects a ball in the game of cricket is termed the pitch and is the source of great concerns to players, commentators and spectators alike. The pitch is carefully prepared strip of natural turf of fundamental importance to play of the game. In order to ascertain why the cricket ball rebound varies from pitch to pitch, a study was conducted to further the understanding of the cricket ball impact. The cricket ball impact is oblique and previous studies have shown both the ball and pitch to deform significantly during impact. This study presents a normal impact model capable of simulating both the deformation of the ball and the pitch. The model provides a firm platform on which the more complex oblique impact may be considered. High speed video measurements validated the normal impact model on both a first class cricket pitch and soft artificial surface.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 5th international conference on the engineering of sport
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Page Range: 66-72
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2010 13:23
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 11:01

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