Styris not a fan of big bat ban

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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.

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David Warner and his ‘‘Ka­boom’’ brand Gray Ni­colls bat.

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