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Cricket Ball Aerodynamics: Myth Versus ScienceAerodynamics plays a prominent role in the flight of a cricket ball released by a bowler. The main interest is in the fact that the ball can follow a curved flight path that is not always under the control of the bowler. ne basic aerodynamic principles responsible for the nonlinear flight or "swing" of a cricket ball were identified several years ago and many papers have been published on the subject. In the last 20 years or so, several experimental investigations have been conducted on cricket ball swing, which revealed the amount of attainable swing, and the parameters that affect it. A general overview of these findings is presented with emphasis on the concept of late swing and the effects of meteorological conditions on swing. In addition, the relatively new concept of "reverse" swing, how it can be achieved in practice and the role in it of ball "tampering", are discussed in detail. A discussion of the "white" cricket ball used in last year's World Cup, which supposedly possesses different swing properties compared to a conventional red ball, is also presented.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Mehta, Rabindra D.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Koga, Demmis J.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Meeting Information
The Engineering of Sport(Sydney)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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