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As England’s cricketers battle for the ashes over in Australia, Somerset batsman Marcus Trescothick has been given a cricketing challenge of his own. Using the new Mongoose MMi3 bat he must smash a ball 50ft high and 210ft long to lift it out of the famous Lord’s cricket ground.
Mongoose, the cricket bat design company who engineered the challenge, have put up £1million as an incentive for succeeding. The batting feat has only been achieved once before, back in 1899 by Australian cricketer Albert Trott. Trescothick will make his attempt during the course of the next Twenty20 season.
Through Imperial Consultants, Mongoose chose Professor Anthony Bull to carry out tests on their innovatively designed MMi3 bat. By analysing the vibrations, bending stiffness and moment of inertia of the bat Professor Bull was able to confirm that its speed and power were an improvement on the standard cricket bat, whilst ensuring that it complied with MCC rules.
Imperial College’s Professor Bull and his bioengineering group have built up an excellent reputation for their research in understanding how our bodies work in a sporting environment.
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