Sydney: Former Australia cricket captain Ian Chappell has rued that better quality bats coupled with smaller boundaries is reducing bowlers to being virtual bowling machines.
“The administrators need to find both the ideal balance between bat and ball and educate fans on cricket’s values. It is fine when middled deliveries finish up in the stands but a bowler should be extremely angry if a blatant mis-hit still clears the ropes. This problem is not so pronounced on larger Australian grounds, but I’m not sure what genius produced the ludicrous mixture of better bats and smaller boundaries.
“This combination is reducing bowlers to virtual bowling machines. It is a serious slight on good bowlers and needs to be rectified immediately,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo on Sunday.