The MCC and general killjoys have decided to introduce reduced Cricket Bat size. Pfffft.
According to this ABC News article The independent body has recommended to the game’s traditional law makers that the overall depth of a bat be reduced to between 60mm and 65mm, with edge thickness to also be decreased to a maximum of between 35mm and 40mm.
This will likely result in less excitement from our most exciting players. Maybe not Glenn Maxwell in Test Cricket, but if it affects all his other forms of cricket then it’s no good in our opinion.
If the Australia v India series shows one thing among many, it is that Test Cricket isn’t dead, and too much change may wreck what we have.
Typical Governing body jumping in with a ridiculous rule to “improve the show”. F1 have tried and failed to that for decades. Their latest attempt will too. Although at least they’ll be faster.
We say there are other ways to make Cricket more exciting than implementing reduced Cricket Bat Size. And for your reading “pleasure” there are a handful of suggestions below.
FURTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE CRICKET
AWAY SIDE CHOOSES TO BAT OR BOWL FIRST
A good way to stop pitches becoming too much in favour of the home side is to allow the away side to choose to bat or bowl first in every Test.
Not our idea, but a bloody good one.
REMOVE THE ROPE
Health and Safety aside for one moment, who wouldn’t want to see the boundary ropes removed, and a six becomes a proper six that actually clears the ground. Plus it brings the fans just that little bit closer for autographs, admiration and abuse.
NEW BALL EVERY 40 OVERS
80 Overs is way too long, and since everything seems to be in favour of the batting side, why not combine the new Reduced Cricket Bat with newer balls more often.
REMOVE CHANNEL NEIN COMMENTARY
Also known as the Mute Button.
Nothing improves Cricket like removing the Channel Nein commentary team. The reigning Gurgler Jerks of the Year sap any enthusiasm left in a cricket season. Aside from complaining about how bad they are.
They had to wheel out Bill Lawry late in the summer so everything wasn’t lost. Strange when Bill Lawry is refreshing.
What a shame the India Test Series still featured the voices of some of those clowns.
LEAVE AT LEAST ONE MARSH BROTHER IN AT ALL TIMES
Sports needs something to talk about, and the Marsh brother provide this. To keep us talking cricket, Cricket Australia must insist either Shaun or Mitchell remain in the side.
OTHER SPORTS IMPROVEMENTS
Why stop at Cricket, here’s a few quick ones for other sports. We had previously come up with ways to make some sports more exciting by coming up with a T20 form for other sports. But for this we need quick wins or low hanging fruit.
FORMULA 1 – Remove wings and somehow double the braking distance of cars to improve overtaking. Oh, weren’t they meant to do that with this year’s regulations?
TENNIS – Get rid of Lets on Serves. After one double fault, all serves are live after that. Have at least one Nick Kyrgios v Bernard Tomic match a month. Ensure that the temperature stays below 27 degrees.
RUGBY LEAGUE – Get rid of trainers on the field.
RUGBY UNION – Remove
GOLF – Increase the size of golf balls.
FOOTBALL – Increase the size of goals or reduce size of goal keepers. Introduce a Back Court rule to save needless and endless passing for no reason. Remove offside.