Ahead of the 2014-15 domestic season, Cricket Australia (CA) have adopted the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) newly developed global testing protocol for the analysis of doubtful bowling actions.
The change ensures CA’s domestic competitions are in line with international standards, testing all players under one common process ensuring consistency.
CA’s National Cricket Centre is an ICC accredited testing venue.
CA’s Senior Manager Cricket Operations Sean Cary said it was important to ensure CA remained in line with international standards.
“The ICC conducted an independent expert review of the protocols which found the process of analysis of doubtful bowling actions was not consistent around the globe.
“The ICC has worked hard to develop a fair and consistent global standard and we feel it’s important that anyone playing in our domestic competitions is tested under the same protocol, should they be cited.
“The testing process places further emphasis on ensuring a bowler replicates their match action in testing with an independent expert involved in supporting the testing process by reviewing the bowler’s action during the testing.
“Video footage from the laboratory testing session will then be aligned with game footage for comparison allowing the independent expert to determine whether the bowler is using the same technique in testing as in a match.
“If the technique and bowling speed in testing vision is noticeably different from the match vision the bowler will be asked to re-bowl the tested deliveries.
“From a technology perspective, the testing procedure incorporates a three-dimensional motion capture system comprising of 22 infra-red cameras that track the movement of reflective markers located on the upper body, arm and hand. As the bowler performs each delivery, the cameras detect associated movements of the reflective markers allowing a three-dimensional analysis of movements of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and ball,” Cary said.
A bowler must undergo testing after a single ‘mention’ for a suspected doubtful bowling action in a domestic match.
All the umpires (three in TV broadcast games, two in non-TV broadcast matches) must agree to the ‘mention’ of a doubtful bowling action and must sign the report form.
CA’s policy requires cited bowlers to undergo testing within 14 days of being notified of the citing report. Any bowler who fails the testing is suspended from bowling for minimum of 90 days, after such time they can submit to be re-tested.