The effect of central contracts on the stability and performance of the England Test cricket team. [El efecto de contratos centrales sobre la estabilidad y el desempeño del equipo inglés de Test cricket].

BULLOUGH, Steven, MILLAR, Robbie, RAMCHANDANI, Girish and COLEMAN, Richard (2014). The effect of central contracts on the stability and performance of the England Test cricket team. [El efecto de contratos centrales sobre la estabilidad y el desempeño del equipo inglés de Test cricket]. RICYDE. Revista internacional de ciencias del deporte, 10 (35), 4-15.

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Abstract

In 1999 the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to implement central contracts for elite player management to give them control over a group of players to represent the England national team in Test cricket. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact that this change in policy has had on the stability and performance of the England Test team, and discuss implications thereof. Using a sample of 13 seasons pre-central contracts (1987-1999) and 13 seasons post-central contracts (2000-2012), the results, from secondary analysis of England’s Test match scorecards from both sample periods, allowed investigation of team performance and stability. To gain a greater understanding of how central contracts impacted on the England Test side, eight interviews were also organised with key stakeholders in English cricket. The results showed that both the stability and performance of the England Test side improved considerably in the sample period postcentral contracts (2000-2012) with a much greater consistency of selection (fewer changes per match) alongside an improvement in England’s on-field performance (better win ratio and points per match). The paper identifies two key challenges facing the current player management system in England from domestic and external sources.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.5232/ricyde2014.03501
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 13:22
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2015 14:01
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7619

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