The ongoing 4-match Test series between India and Australia was affected by a series of injuries. The latest in the list was the case of Mohammed Shami, who fractured his hand on a short ball after being bowled by Pat Cummins on the third day of the pink ball game in Adelaide.
These injuries have revived the debate surrounding the use of bouncers by fast bowlers. Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has advocated a review of on-field safety measures in cricket, rejecting the idea of a complete ban on distribution.
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Chappell said it would be a good idea to “strengthen any legislation” that could protect tailors when faced with short-pitched bowling.
Chappell wrote in ESPNcricinfo, “Anything that banser is banned altogether should be dismissed as quickly as the bowlers have removed New Zealand batsman Chris Martin.”
Instead, Batting said, “The time is ripe for worldwide review in on-field safety, including batsmen, bowlers and umpires, with batting technique a top priority.”
“In conducting this review, it would be appropriate to strengthen any law regarding the protection of tellers in the face of low-pitch bowling.”
Being one of the best experts in the game, Chappell is much more familiar with the fact that it is for the protection of players, especially the Tailanders. He said that it “seems pointless” for a player to complain of not having such a replacement.
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He cited the incident when leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was replaced in the T20 series in place of Ravindra Jadeja.
“The argument got heated when Chahal claimed three wickets and the player’s match award in India’s narrow win. Complaining about a player not being in vain for a replacement seems pointless; It is always going to be difficult to please all sides, ”Chappell wrote.
Chappell also stressed on improving the technique of the batsmen to face the batsmen. He said, “… just addressing the sub-issue does not get to the heart of the matter – it is a growing injury to the batsmen’s head that then leads to the need for a replacement player.
After the tragic death of Phil Hughes, Cricket Australia conducted a security review. Incredibly, the process did not involve a look at the technique, which is the most important aspect to ensure that at least the batsmen suffer head injuries. “
He said, “Often batsmen dodge on a small ball and get hit. Many times, a ball bounces only between the waist and chest height, but a batsman still suffers a head injury as he has lost sight of the ball and dodged. Will Pokowski’s latest conclusion is a case in point. ”
The recent talk of banning bouncers reminded Chappell of the 1980s when West Indies fast bowlers dominated world cricket.
“The bouncers were banned in the 80s, when the West Indies dominated. This would not have slowed West Indies’ superiority, but would have resulted in regular batting exhibitions that were boring to watch and comment on.
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He stated that during the COVID-19 pandemic “there is no such problem in place of a puzzler”.
“… because teams are carrying extended squads. However, in normal times, the visiting party would be severely disadvantaged if they only have 15 players for a series, while the home side can choose from a wide range of substitutions, ”said Chappell.
(With PTI inputs)
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