Ben Stokes will have sensors fitted to his bat
The devices, which have been developed in association with tech-giant Intel and fit on to the top of a bat handle, will be used to deliver a raft of batting metrics, initially for broadcasters.
But the ICC hope the data generated will not only interest TV viewers but that the technology can become a useful coaching tool at both grass roots and elite level, given that the data can be presented instantly through a smartphone platform.
England’s three guinea pigs will not be alone with all teams asked to put forward a trio of big hitters for the tournament.
The data will give maximum bat speed from backlift to impact, speed at impact, angles of impact and follow through as well as a more easily-digested power rating.
In addition, the ICC are also debuting detailed pitch analysis provided from HD and infra-red cameras mounted on drones which is expected to give an indication as to pitch behaviour at the three venues.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain, who will help to analyse numbers during broadcasts from host broadcaster Star Sports, was all in favour of the development.
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With any innovation you have to think two steps down the line and it is not hard to imagine that there will be people out there trying to glean that extra one per cent from this
Former England captain Nasser Hussain
And he believes that as a body of data begins to build, it could represent a useful analysis tool for coaches and players at international level.
“With any innovation you have to think two steps down the line and it is not hard to imagine that there will be people out there trying to glean that extra one per cent from this,” he said.
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“Mark Wood spoke to me the other day about triggers [when he was bowling at the death] and that he is watching batsman, what they might do slightly different when they are going to go for the big shot.
“As a coaching tool it could be vital as well. Say with Jason Roy who is struggling a little bit at the moment.
“If this technology been in place for a couple of years he could have a net at The Oval tomorrow, play normally and then take back data from two years ago and see whether his backlift and bat speed is exactly the same as it was.”
“If it is you know it’s not the issue. I think it is a massive coaching tool at the elite level.
“One thing is for sure the game changes quickly, who would have thought two years ago that teams would be scoring 400 plus regularly. This may not be for everyone and you can never replace the gut feeling you have about players.
“But you have to change with it and if it [technology] gives you that 1 per cent someone out there will use it.”