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The Influence of Physical Characteristics and Injury Status with Match Outcome in International Cricket (RDF19/HLS/SER/JONES)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This outstanding research project offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). This is a rare studentship, which will investigate the influence of physical characteristics and injury status on match outcome in international cricket.

International cricketers are exposed to over 100 days of competitive cricket a year and often spend in excess of 4 months touring. Injuries are relatively common, these are largely non-contact and predominantly from ‘overuse’. The nature of overuse injuries is that often players are still competing and training whilst managing injuries throughout the season. The significance of long-term injuries are that they often result in a minimal (if any) amount of time loss to training or competition. Due to this, medical departments have recently moved to a more broader injury definition than time-loss. Players can be available for selection despite currently being treated for a musculoskeletal injury. Although the number and duration of time loss injuries have been consistently associated with success of a team in a variety of sports, the impact of non-time loss injuries and the injury status of the squad have on the success of the team has received minimal attention. Therefore, the purpose of this studentship is to investigate the holistic impact of injury on team performance. In addition, whilst the physical requirements of cricket are reasonably well understood, the influence these have on match outcome is not known. This information will help optimise training and the physical preparations of international crickets to maximise the success of the England Cricket Team.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Friday 25 January 2019

Start Date: 1 October 2019

Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences
Department: Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation
Principal Supervisor: Dr Thomas Jones

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home/EU students where a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2018/19, this is £14,777 pa) and full fees.


Tallent J, Ahmun R, De Weymarn C. Jones T. Injury Status Influences Match and Series Result in International Cricketers. In Preparation for International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance.

Ahmun R, McCaig S, Tallent J, Williams S, Gabbett, TJ. (2018). Association of Daily Workload and Wellness, Injury and Illness during Competitive Tours in International Age Group Cricket. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 30:1-27.

Cooke K, Outram T. Brandon R. Waldron M. Vickery W. Keenan J. Tallent, J. (2018). Neuromuscular and Workload Changes during Competition and Training in Elite Cricketers. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. 11:1-20.

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