Assessing representative task design in cricket batting: comparing an in-situ and laboratory-based task

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It has been argued that representative tasks are needed to understand the processes by which experts overcome their less skilled counterparts. Little is known, however, about the essential characteristics of these tasks. In this study we identified the degree to which a laboratory-based task of decision making in cricket batting represented in-situ performance. The in-situ task required skilled batters to play against a bowler across a range of delivery lengths. Skilled batsmen produced a transitional pattern of foot movements with front foot responses being dominant for balls landing 0 – 6m from the wicket and back foot responses for balls landing 8 – 14m from the wicket. In the laboratory-based task, the same batsmen viewed video footage of the same bowlers. Again, skilled batsmen responded with similar patterns of foot movement transitions. Novice batsmen produced a generic forward movement in response to all deliveries. We conclude that for decision making about delivery length, the laboratory-based task has a high degree of fidelity and reliability. The implications of these results are discussed in relation to the importance of establishing the necessary degree of fidelity of representative task designs in order to study perception and action more accurately.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)758-779
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • Behavioral Dynamics
  • Decision Making
  • Information-movement Scaling
  • Perception
  • Perceptuo-motor Threshold


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