Green light for Rus­sell’s black bat in Big Bash

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West Indies all-rounder An­dre Rus­sell was given the all-clear to use his black bat in Aus­tralia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League yesterday af­ter it was ini­tially banned for leav­ing marks on the ball. Rus­sell was banned from us­ing the dis­tinc­tive bat af­ter it dis­coloured the white ball dur­ing the derby be­tween his Syd­ney Thun­der and the Syd­ney Six­ers last week. Cricket Aus­tralia re­versed the rul­ing yesterday af­ter as­sur­ances that the bat had been mod­i­fied with the ad­di­tion of a “clear lam­i­nate cover” to pre­vent the prob­lem re­cur­ring.

“We’re now sat­is­fied that the bat will not com­pro­mise the in­tegrity of the game by dis­colour­ing the match ball and we have granted ap­proval for An­dre to use the bat in any fu­ture BBL matches,” said league chief An­thony Ever­ard. The de­ci­sion fits with the Big Bash League’s em­brace of nov­elty to at­tract and en­ter­tain crowds but it ap­pears the ar­rival of the touted Dec. 25 match might have to wait un­til the 2018-19 sea­son. Christ­mas Day has tra­di­tion­ally been a day of rest even for pro­fes­sional sports­men and women in Aus­tralia but Cricket Aus­tralia chief James Suther­land, the driv­ing force be­hind day-night test cricket, is clearly open to the idea. “I’m not sure we’ll be ready for it (next year),” he told ABC Ra­dio yesterday. “I think there is a grow­ing sen­ti­ment that it is a pos­si­bil­ity. We need to think about the right venue for it and we also need to con­sult widely.

“I think it is an op­por­tu­nity, and it’ll be a good thing for the game and for cricket fans around the coun­try.” The Big Bash League runs un­til Jan. 28. — Reuters

PORT ELIZABERT: South African bowler Ver­non Phi­lan­der (R) cel­e­brates the dis­missal of Sri Lanka’s bats­man Di­nesh Chandi­mal (L) dur­ing the sec­ond day of the first cricket Test match be­tween South Africa and Sri Lanka yesterday at the Port El­iz­a­beth cricket ground in Port El­iz­a­beth, South Africa. — AFP

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