Captain and coaches playbook app: a practical display of fielding data
Despite the adage that ‘catches win matches’, research into fielding is sparse compared with batting and bowling (MacDonald et al., 2013). Tactically, fielder positioning is a key task undertaken by cricket captains, and contributes greatly to a team’s success, as bowling maiden overs has been shown to be more important in the later stages of an international tournament (Petersen et al., 2008). The greatest volume of data collected in cricket is on tactics - with professionalism most elite teams employ an analyst that codes every single match delivery. Yet, this data is mostly analyzed within the context of the match it was collected in. Genet and Petersen (2014) recently presented sample data combining bowling delivery (line and length) with resultant positional outcome of hit ball location across the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy One Day International Tournament. This paper outlines the scope of that data-set and describes a new tool to integrate cricket performance analysis research into the modern training and competition environment.