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Ethnic Differences in Success in Cricket

Edward Dutton and Richard Lynn


Published: 2015/03/01


Evidence is presented that success in cricket is associated with ethnicity, such that South Asians, Europeans, and Coloreds are over-represented, and Northeast Asians, Pacific Islanders and sub-Saharan Africans (with the exception of those from the West Indies), are under-represented. It is argued that these racial differences in cricket success are significantly explained by racial differences in somatotype and muscle fiber type. Alternative sociological explanations are examined but found to be unconvincing.

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