Ponting asks for regulation of bat size in test cricket
Australia’s two times World Cup winning captain, Ricky Ponting has shown his concern over the big size bats that are used, specifically in test cricket and he is likely to raise the issue in the next meeting of the MCC’s World Cricket Committee at Lord’s early next week.
At the moment, the length and the width of bats are regulated, but, there is no law regarding the weight and depth of bats.
Bat manufacturers are using lighter material to make big bats that have thick edges and yet quite light in weight, such as, the bat used by Aussie opener, David Warner.
Ponting was speaking at a recent Australian Cricket Society function, where he said that he has no problem with big booming bats being used in shorter formats of the game as the soul of those formats, is boundaries. Whereas, there should be regulations for bats used in test cricket.
Ponting doesn’t blame batsman for using those bulky bats, “The modern day bats and weight in particular — it’s just a completely different game. Full credit to them. If they are there use them, if there’s a better golf club or tennis racquet everyone will use it. It’s nothing against the players.”
The second highest test run getter wouldn’t mind if those big bats are heavy to lift, “If you are strong enough to use them that’s fine, but you should not get a bat that’s bigger in size than [MS] Dhoni’s but a whole lot lighter. Chris Gayle’s the same. Everyone talks about Chris Gayle’s bat size, but it’s 3½ lbs. He’s big enough and strong enough to use it. I only get worried when they are really big and really light.”
“I would actually say you’ve got a bat you can use in Test cricket and a certain type of bat you can use in one-day cricket and T20 cricket. The short forms of the game survive on boundaries – fours and sixes – whereas the Test game is being dominated too much now by batters because the game is a bit easier for them than it was,” concluded Ponting.