In 2012 CSA appointed a research consultant, Dr Janine Gray, with the view to incorporating more science into cricket.
The aim was not only to conduct research on issues identified by CSA themselves but also co-ordinating a number of cricket research initiatives that were being conducted by a number of universities and feeding the findings back to cricket for the benefit of all playing cricket in South Africa.
To this purpose the CSA Cricket Research Committee headed by Dr Janine Gray was established. The aim of this committee is to conduct high quality scientific research in the area of cricket.
Wherever possible the research conducted by this group of scientists is based on a research question proposed by cricket or one of the focus areas of research identified by CSA.
Further, this group aims to disseminate the results of research published both locally and internationally to the broader cricket community of South Africa.
The CSA cricket research committee consists of Dr Janine Gray (CSA)(UCT), Dr Candice Christie (Rhodes), Dr Sharhidd Taliep (CPUT), Dr Benita Olivier (Wits), Dr Helen Bayne (HPC Pretoria), Mrs Hannah van Buuren (HPC Pretoria), Mr Greg King (CSA) and Dr Richard Stretch (NMMU).
Dr Richard Stretch’s untimely passing is a great loss to the committee as he contributed significantly to research in cricket both locally and internationally.
At a meeting held in April 2015 an audit of research projects currently being conducted or published by this group totalled 34 research projects.
A number of this research projects are listed below for your interest:
A Constraints Led Intervention
Changes in Hydration
Effect of Body Composition
Evaluation of Pre Batting
Injury and Lumbar Reposition
Lumber Load in Adolescent
Relationship between Ethnicity
Selected Physiological Responses
Static and Dynamic Balance
Symmetry not Asymmetry