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No To Big Boy’s Toys. Is There Another Option?

” A big boy needs a big bat” says West Indies opener Chris Gayle in response to the International Cricket Council’s proposed crackdown on the size of bats ahead of the World Cup.

He has received strong support from former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, “I think that if players like Gayle and Warner are strong enough to lift a bat that heavy at that speed, then good for them, it makes the game a hell of a lot more exciting.” He is quoted as saying.

However not everyone agrees. After all the modern game of cricket, especially in Australia has become a game totally dominated by batsman as the wickets already give the bowlers little help. Many remember how tennis has changed dramatically and become all about power rather than finesse since wooden racquets became a thing of the past. Has the power really made Tennis a better game to watch?

Former Australian Test Captain Ian Chappell is one man who backs the ICC in this move. He has said that the increase in the thickness of the willow put the umpires and bowlers at risk of injuries. Not a reason many expected. Chappell however saved his main criticism of the ICC claiming that they had woken up too late and being behind on so many issues affecting the game, including the size of bats.

“At long last the ICC has decided there’s a problem with the bats. They are being hailed as too good and disturbing the balance between bat and ball. This combined with the fact that the ICC also recently decreed that shorter boundaries are contributing to the problem, is a classic case of being way behind the game.” He said.

One has to agree, and if the ICC does not soon start monitoring the state of the wickets prepared and ensuring that there is something in them for the bowlers we are likely to see the standard of bowling dip even further than it already has at international level in the past ten years. What incentive is there for a bowler to toil so hard when the odds are stacked so heavily against them.

Another change we have discussed on the show on many occasions is that the ICC should take away the restriction on the number of overs bowled. Batsmen do not have to retire at 50, so why should a bowler have to stop after 10 overs. People want to see a battle between bat and ball, and if a team has a bowler like Glenn McGrath who is hard to get away, or a Shane Warne pinning down one end why should they be prevented from using them? If the game is going to become more of an even contest then something has to start going in favour of the bowler.

As for the size of the bat, it has impacted the game. Has it had a positive impact? Some will say yes, as has been shown, but for everyone who says yes, there will be another who says no.

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February 10, 2015 at 1:38 am Leave a comment

Lee or Hadlee Wide of the Mark?

Sir Richard Hadlee has come out swinging at Brett Lee, who in the tea break of the fourth Ashes test at the MCG bowled six balls at egotistical media man Piers Morgan. This was the result of a verbal stoush on Twitter where Lee had challenged Morgan to face an over of fast bowling following the former newspaper editor questioning the courage of the England batsmen.

To many it was simply more of Channel Nine’s cheap sensationalist coverage of the Ashes, the sad thing was it simply pandered to Piers Morgan’s already inflated ego.Others saw it as Brett Lee shutting up a man with far too many opinions, many of which no one wants to hear. To Sir RIchard Hadlee it was Brett Lee damaging the image of the game.

Morgan 48 was hit four times in six balls as he backed away, down the leg side; as no doubt many would. Brett Lee opted to follow his movement to square leg.

“I only hope that Brett takes a few minutes to reflect on his stupidity – this was a brain explosion of the highest order – it was clear that Morgan could not bat or defend himself against Lee’s pace and intimidation. It was  a deliberate attempt to hit, injure, hurt and maim his opponent,” Sir Richard said when writing for Fairfax New Zealand News. “If [Morgan] was hit on the head or across the heart the result could have been devastating.”

Although it was meant to be a bit of fun, Sir Richard is right. It was foolhardy bowling by Lee. He is a professional still playing, albeit T20, and he was bowling to a rank amateur who appeared never to have played to any reasonable level.

During his Test career many questioned Brett Lee as a quality fast bowler, and this display will have confirmed what many already thought, that he was never a top line bowler. If he wanted to make a point, why when he saw Morgan backing away did he not knock his stumps over? Surely bowling him five out of six balls would have been far more humiliating and would have made a stronger statement? Interestingly Channel Nine’s Mark Nicholas only highlighted that only one of Lee’s deliveries, the one that did actually hit the stumps was a “no ball,” when it looked like he overstepped the line on more than one occasion.

Sir Richard has stated “Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, has an edict of fair play and upholding the spirit of the game, and that exhibition compromised those values.”  Many have already told him to keep his thoughts to himself, others question whether he ever used such tactics on his way to 431 test victims. He was bound to have, but the difference was he was bowling to men who played cricket for a living, and were used to facing pace bowlers.

No doubt Brett Lee feels he proved a point, but one can’t help feeling that had he bowled straight, the point could have been proven far more saliently; then again he struggled to do that when at his peak. One thing that he cannot accuse Sir Richard Hadlee of being.

 

December 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment


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