Cricket is among safest games in Australia

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:As injuries continue to cut short careers of more and more international players, Cricket Australia (CA) today came out with encouraging figures that say cricket is one of the safest games in the country.

Figures in the 2005 Cricket Australia Injury Report, now in its 10th year, shows that injuries for the Australian team in 2004-05 were at their lowest point for 10 years.

The injury prevalence rate for the Australian team in 2004-05 was only 5.6 per cent, which is the lowest rate since 1995-96.

The report shows that injury incidence -- the number of injuries occurring per match or per season -- has remained relatively consistent over the past decade, while injury prevalence -- the percentage of players missing through injury -- has gradually increased over the same period, but fell in season 2004-05.

The report also highlighted that cricket is a much safer sport to play at the elite level than the football codes in Australia, which typically have an injury prevalence rate of 16 per cent, compared with crickets average of eight per cent.

Batsmen, wicketkeepers, spinners and medium pacers all miss approximately five per cent of playing time, or less, due to injuries whereas fast bowlers remain the major risk category for cricket, missing 9.5 per cent of playing time in 2004-05, significantly down on the fast bowling average of 16 per cent over the past 10 years.

There was an increase in hand and finger fractures both batting and fielding in 2004-05. However, batting and fielding injuries have generally occurred at an acceptable rate of the past decade.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said it was pleasing to see that injuries at cricket's elite level had decreased, a trend that is hoped to continue.

''Not only does Cricket Australia strive for cricket to be Australia's favourite sport, we want it to be one of its safest too; and the figures outlined in this Report show an encouraging trend for player's at he elite level,'' said Mr Sutherland.

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