Styris not a fan of big bat ban
Former Black Caps all-rounder Scott Styris is clearly not a fan of new international cricket laws that will limit the size of bats.
The bat changes are among several law changes issued by the MCC, including Mankad dismissals, penalty runs and send-offs, to be introduced in October.
The reduction in bat size is to ‘‘redress the balance between bat and ball’’ in the game and will force many international players to seek new pieces of willow.
Styris, who played 29 tests and 188 one-day games for New Zealand, weighed in on Twitter about the changes.
‘‘The inmates have taken over the asylum!!! Leave the bats alone,’’ he posted.
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones got in on the act too, asking whether batsmen who used ‘‘illegal’’ bats, should have an asterisk next to their name.
‘‘It’s the same for everyone. Make sure the pitches aren’t roads first. Stupid/backwards thinking,’’ was Styris’ response.
Commentator and former England player David Lloyd didn’t think it was a good idea either and said on Twitter that boundaries getting smaller is a more pressing problem.
The new maximum permitted dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.
A bat gauge will be used to ensure the new limits are enforced in professional matches.
David Warner and his ‘‘Kaboom’’ brand Gray Nicolls bat.