Experts available for ICC Cricket World Cup media commentary

February 13, 2015

Australian cricket team member Mitchell Marsh training at Murdoch UniversityMurdoch has a range of experts available for commentary in relation to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Murdoch has experts available to discuss many topics. Find the full list of Murdoch experts by category here, or contact a member of the Media and Communications team for more information.

Anticipating a bowler’s delivery in cricket

Dr Sean Muller

Dr Sean Muller has conducted research in the past with the Australian Test Cricket Team, Queensland Bulls, NSW Blues, Victorian Bushrangers as well as recently with the Western Warriors investigating performance and learning of striking skill in batting.

Dr Muller makes comparisons across elite to non-elite cricket batsmen in order to understand how they read a bowler’s body language to anticipate and strike a ball. His interests also include training visual anticipation in batsmen.

He is a Senior Lecturer of Motor Learning and Control in Sports Science.

Effect of heat on elite athlete performance

Dr Jeremiah Peiffer

The ICC Cricket World Cup will see matches held in stifling summer heat.  Dr Jeremiah Peiffer has worked extensively with elite athletes on understanding how they can best regulate their body temperature and combat fatigue in hot conditions.

Dr Brad Wall

A lecturer in exercise science, Dr Wall has researched what happens to athletes when they exercise in hot conditions and become dehydrated.  An athlete’s thermoregulatory response (or temperature regulation) affects their attention, coordination and overall performance.

Injury evaluation, management and rehabilitation

Dr Mark Hecimovich

Dr Hecimovich is the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science and a senior lecturer in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He is currently working on longitudinal injury rates and correlation to pre-season musculoskeletal physical assessments and workload for junior, elite-level cricket players.

Nutrition for elite athletes

Dr Tim Fairchild

Dr Tim Fairchild researches the importance of sport-specific nutrition, such as carbohydrate loading prior to events and the intake of food during competition. He can talk about how professional cricket players can best prepare their body for the big match and how to sustain it during the competition. He is a board committee member for Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Sport as a shared ecstatic experience

Dr Mark Jennings

A sociology lecturer and researcher, Dr Jennings has written on the ways popular culture, such as music and sport, bind people together in shared ecstatic experiences which both support and challenge social life.  Ethnically Indian and Australian, Dr Jennings has written on popular religion and often wonders if he worships cricket himself.

Aboriginal cricketers – The Invincibles

 Professor Bob Reece

Historian specialising in Aboriginal history, Emeritus Professor Bob Reece, has written a book titled The Invincibles about New Norcia’s Aboriginal cricketers who enjoyed spectacular success from 1879-1886. The Aboriginal team from the Benedictine Mission appeared from nowhere to take on the colony of Western Australia’s leading teams in Perth and Fremantle and subject them to humiliating defeats.  The Invincibles excelled in batting and bowling as well as fielding and challenged the notion that cricket was an Englishman’s game involving essentially English skills and values.  They lifted the standard of cricket in the colony and were a sporting phenomenon that has long been forgotten.

Cricket writing workshop for journalists and budding enthusiasts

Chris Smyth

Senior Lecturer in journalism, Chris Smyth, has organised a one day cricket writing workshop for sports journalists and anyone with a budding interest in sports reporting or blogging.  The workshop will be held at Murdoch University on March 2 and will feature a panel of eminent writers and broadcasters. The event will be moderated by cricket writer for The West Australian newspaper, John Townsend.

The future of television in terms of viewing sport

Professor Duane Varan

Professor Duane Varan is Director of Audience Labs which has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading research centres exploring the changing media landscape, conducting research for many of the world’s leading television networks. He can comment on sports audience research; new platforms for viewing (mobile, tablets, online and TV); and new audience measurement techniques such as analysis of facial muscle movement (for analysis of human emotion).

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