The development of fast bowling experts in Australian cricket

Phillips, Elissa, Davids, Keith W., Renshaw, Ian, & Portus, Marc (2010) The development of fast bowling experts in Australian cricket. Talent Development and Excellence, 2(2), pp. 137-148.

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In this paper, we highlight key concepts from dynamical systems theory and complexity sciences to exemplify constraints on talent development in a sample of elite cricketers. Eleven international fast bowlers who cumulatively had taken more than 2,400 test wickets in over 600 international test matches were interviewed using an in-depth, open-ended, and semi-structured approach. Qualitative data were analysed to identify key components in fast bowling expertise development. Results revealed that, contrary to traditional perspectives, the athletes progressed through unique, nonlinear trajectories of development, which appears to be a commonality in the experts' developmental pathways. During development, individual experts encountered unique constraints on the acquisition of expertise in cricket fast bowling, resulting in unique performance adaptations. Specifically, data illustrated experts' ability to continually adapt behaviours under multifaceted ecological constraints.

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ID Code: 41026
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Expertise, Skill Acquisition, Dynamical Systems Theory, Talent Development
ISSN: 1869-0459
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2011 04:36
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:44

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