In the recent test series between Australia and New Zealand Foxtel released its new high-tech sensor device “Smash Factor” which allows viewers to view data outputs such as Power Efficiency and Bat Swing Speeds. Smash Factor together with similar products such as Stance Beam provide players and coaches an opportunity to assess player performance in ways never seen before.

The question is, what is the relevance of such data on team performance and individual scores.

A recent study of big bash games in Australia showed that “bat swing speed” has an enormous effect on scoreboard outcomes. In the games surveyed a staggering 44% of all sixes attempted were caught on the boundary. At the elite level that is way below par. Pre- the study we estimated a base-line of 70% success rate.

In real terms, a 10% increase in bat swing speeds would have seen all those shots go for six. In the games surveyed an average of 4 batters per innings were caught on the boundary or within 5 meters of it. This represents 24 runs per team per innings lost. If the average T20 team score is 160 per innings 24 runs per innings represent 13% of the total score left out in the middle. Keep in mind this is just a percentage based on one aspect of an innings. The study also focussed on ground shots where a fielder dived to stop the shot. Had the ball been hit faster, would the dive have been enough?

Overall the study suggests that on average team scores would be up by about 30% if batters could swing the bat 10% faster.

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