India and Australia captains call for action over 'unfair' bails

 

India and Australia captains call for action over unfair bails
Australia's David Warner looks on as India's MS Dhoni inspects the bail which failed to dislodge after the ball had touched the stumps. - AFP

London - It was the fifth incident in the tournament of the 'zing' bails, which contain lights that flash when the ball hits the wicket, failing to come off when hit.

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Published: Mon 10 Jun 2019, 10:45 PM

Last updated: Tue 11 Jun 2019, 12:52 AM

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Aaron Finch joined forces to condemn the "unfair" bail controversy that threatens to ruin the ongoing World Cup.
Australia opener David Warner avoided being bowled early in his side's unsuccessful run-chase at the Oval on Sunday when he deflected Jasprit Bumrah's delivery onto the wicket via his boot.
Not for the first time in this tournament, the ball struck the stumps but failed to dislodge the bails, meaning Warner earned an unexpected reprieve.
It was the fifth incident in the tournament of the 'zing' bails, which contain lights that flash when the ball hits the wicket, failing to come off when hit.
In the West Indies' game against Australia on Thursday, Chris Gayle was saved when the bails stayed on despite his stump being clipped by a 91 mph (146 kph) Mitchell Starc delivery.
Other high-profile instances included South Africa's Quinton de Kock being reprieved against England in the tournament's opening game and Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne surviving against New Zealand.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) have defended using the 'zing' bails', claiming they are lighter than the standard wooden ones normally used at all levels of cricket.
But Warner, who was on one at the time of his escape, went on to score 56, and the issue is becoming a huge talking point, with former England captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain calling on the ICC to do something about an issue which threatens to turn a freak occurrence into a routine event.
Although India won the match by 36 runs, Warner's escape could have been a turning point and Kohli made it clear the situation was unacceptable.
"Definitely. This is not something you expect at international level," he told reporters. "The technology is great. It's very precise when you make something happen with the stumps.
"But you literally have to smash the stumps really hard to knock them out. That's me as a batsman saying that.
"These are fast bowlers, these are not medium-pace bowlers.
"We checked and the stump was not knocked in very hard so I don't know what's going on. Is the stump too thick or too rigid? No team will like to see that, if you bowl a good ball and you don't get a guy out. I haven't seen that happen so many times in the past."
Finch's team were beneficiaries of the latest bail incident, but that did not stop the Australia captain from also voicing his concerns. Asked if it was wrong the bails could decide a major match, Finch said: "Yeah, I think so. We were on the right end of it today, but I think going forward it is a bit unfair at times.
"It hit the stumps pretty hard. It does seem to be happening more and more, which is unfortunate.
"I'm not sure what they can do. I don't know how much lighter they can make the bails. You would hate to see something like that happen in a World Cup semifinal or final when you have done the hard work to set up the batsman."

FIVE INSTANCES WHERE THE BAILS FAILED TO GET DISLODGED
*England v South Africa (The Oval): In the opening match of the tournament England leg-spinner Adil Rashid flicks the off stump of South Africa's Quinton de Kock with a delivery which goes to the boundary for four.
*New Zealand v Sri Lanka (Cardiff): Dimuth Karunaratne chops New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult on to his stumps, hard enough to shake the bails but not dislodge them.
*Australia v West Indies (Trent Bridge): Chris Gayle is given out caught behind off a 91mph delivery by Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc, but the decision is overturned when TV replays show the ball hit his off stump rather than bat.
*England v Bangladesh (Cardiff): Bangladesh's Mohammad Saifuddin miscues a pull off Ben Stokes on to his off stump. The bail lifts out of the groove briefly but doesn't fall.
*Australia v India (Oval):. Warner drags India's quickest bowler Bumrah on to leg stump via his boot. Again, the bail is not for budging.
 


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