Bigger bats are not responsible for imbalance in cricket: David Warner
Australian opener David Warner has said that flat pitches are more responsible for tilting the game in batsmen’s favour than bigger bats.
Earlier, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting expressed his concern over the bat size.
“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 3½lbs. He’s big enough and strong enough to use it. I only get worried when they are really big and really light,” Ponting had said at the Australian Cricket Society’s annual dinner.
However, Warner disagreed with Ponting and said: “If we look around the country, I think the wickets are pretty much dictating the Test arena. A lot of batsmen are scoring a lot of runs and there’s been a lot of runs scored in the last 12 to 18 months and you can’t specifically come out and say it is the big bats because everyone around the country and around the world is scoring a lot of runs. In my mind, it is a credit to the bat-maker.”
“If people think that it is becoming an unfair advantage they will speak their opinions, but we are getting bigger and stronger and are capable of using bats that are a bit heavy,” Warner noted.
“In Test matches, I use a smaller bat unless we are playing in the subcontinent, where I use a heavier bat. My bigger bats might be a lot larger than other players’ bats, but it is still the same cleft of wood.”
Warner’s compatriot Josh Hazlewood on Wednesday backed Ponting and said:”I’m all for it. Some of those cricket bats going around the dressing shed at the moment are unbelievably big. I think he (Ponting) has made a good point about just in Test matches.”
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