Fitness Testing for Cricket

Fitness plays a small though significant part in the success of a cricketer (see fitness for cricket). There are several components of fitness that are important for success for all players. A player's balance and coordination is seen as one of the most important aspects of cricket fitness, followed by speed and power. See more on fitness components for cricket.

There is a large range of fitness tests that can be used. We have listed hundreds of tests here. Below are examples of some tests that we think are suitable for fitness testing cricket players. There is also information about cricket combines conducted by USA Cricket. There are also a video of fitness testing of the Australia Cricket team.

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Aerobic Fitness The aerobic test performed may depend on the starting fitness level of the players. The yo-yo test is a popular test for national team cricket players. A submaximal test of aerobic fitness may be suitable, such as a cycle test (Astrand test, Trilevel, PWC170), or the Cooper 12 minute run. For players used to some conditioning exercise, the maximum effort shuttle run (beep) test would be more appropriate. You can find information on many aerobic tests from here. This is an important component of fitness for cricket, so that players can reduce the effect of fatigue during long periods of play, and from day to day in multi-day matches. Fitter players will cope with the heat stress of playing all day in the sun. 
Flexibility The sit and reach test can be done for lower back and hamstring flexibility. Other flexibility tests should also be modified for the sport. The flexibility tests should be specific to the actions of cricket. Being flexible enables greater range of movement in the execution of strokes, and may reduce injury in the long term.
Strength and Power Maximal strength tests for specific exercises should be conducted. Abdominal muscle function should also be tested, for example using an abdominal strength or endurance test. A handgrip strength testis also suitable. Strength (and power tests) should also be done to determine initial levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs. Core stability and abdominal function is important in the controlling of movement and execution of strokes.
Speed and agility Sprint time over 20m, with a split time for the first 10m should be done (there is a more sport specific 17.68m cricket sprint test). You may also want to do the run-a-three test, a cricket specific test involving sprinting over the actual pitch distance carrying a bat, incorporating a turn. Running speed, acceleration, and agility are very important in cricket for moving between the wickets and in fielding. 
Body Fat Skinfold measures should be performed to determine body fat levels. Excess body fat would affect the cricketer's ability to move freely around the field, and also increase fatigue during training and game play. 
Co-ordination Alternate hand wall toss, throwing and catching a ball this coordination test is quite specific to the actions required in cricket
Balance There are many general tests of balance, such as the stork balance test Balance and coordination are important for the controlled movements in cricket.

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