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Cricket science research centre gets off the mark

Australia’s top test cricketers and local teams will both benefit from a $29 million National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

The world class sports science and medicine centre has an array of hi-tech equipment, including biomechanical force plates and an advanced motion analysis camera system. It also has a rehabilitation treatment area, with an anti-gravity treadmill and physiotherapy equipment to help players recover from injuries. Its two main lecture theatres are named after former test captain Ricky Ponting and Australia’s highest scoring female cricketer, Karen Rolton.

The centre was opened by Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Cricket Australia chief executive, James Sutherland. His fellow Queenslander Federal sports minister Peter Dutton also chipped in, pointing out that the original concept for an elite cricket science centre was supported by the former Prime Minister, John Howard, a self-confessed “cricket tragic”.

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