‘What’s going on?’: World Cup farce

The recurring phenomenon haunting bowlers at this World Cup struck again as Australia benefited from a huge slice of luck against India — but it wasn’t enough to save the side from a 36-run loss.

David Warner was facing Jasprit Bumrah in the second over of the Aussie innings as Aaron Finch and Co. tried unsuccessfully to chase down 353 for victory. Warner inside edged a delivery that deflected back onto his stumps but the bails didn’t move.

It’s the fifth time in the tournament the ball has struck the stumps but the bails have stayed put.

“This is ridiculous … that has hit the stumps hard,” ex-England captain Michael Vaughan said in commentary as other current and former players weighed in on social media.

Black Caps star Jimmy Neesham wrote on Twitter: “I understand that the electronics in the stumps and the bails make them heavier. Why can’t the groove the bails sit in just be made shallower? Won’t that fix the problem?”

Today is the 5th instance of ball hitting the stumps and bails not falling.

5th instance, WITHIN this World Cup.

Whats going on?? 🤔🤔

In my entire life i have not seen 5 instances like this, let alone in the space of 10 days or a tournament!!#AUSvIND #CWC19

Nice era to Bat when you can’t get bowled !!!!! These stumps/Zinger bail combination have to be changed ….. #CWC2019

This can’t keep happening with the bails !!! Hard enough being a bowler nowadays .. needs changing

Yes time for a rethink 🤔 #ICCWC19 https://t.co/dHQL3v6Spu

The general consensus is the zing bails — which flash red when knocked out of their grooves — are heavier than normal bails so are harder to dislodge.

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Whatever the reason, Warner’s good fortune represented another occasion where a bowler was dudded despite getting through a batsman’s defences in the UK.

Earlier in the tournament South Africa’s Quinton de Kock inside edged a ball onto his stumps but the bails stayed in place. The same thing happened when Sri Lankan star Dimuth Karunaratne was batting against New Zealand while Chris Gayle escaped when Mitchell Starc clipped his off stump at Trent Bridge.

Warner was just checking they weren’t glued on.Source:AFP

The bails were too stubborn to leave their grooves in England’s win over Bangladesh on Saturday and it was a case of déjà vu with Warner at The Oval.

After Karunaratne enjoyed a lifeline against the Kiwis, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain said something needed to be done to make it easier for the bails to be dislodged.

“That’s something that needs to be looked into to be honest,” Hussain said in commentary. “We saw it in the IPL on a number of occasions, we saw it in the England-South Africa game the other day.

“The lights flashed on that occasion, they didn’t on this occasion. Just wondering whether it’s with the flashing zinger lights whether the bails are heavier and it’s not coming off for the bowlers.”

However, after Starc hit Gayle’s off stump last week but was denied the chance to celebrate a wicket, the ICC defended the zing bails.

“The zing bails perform exactly as the regular ones and, in fact, are lighter than those used by umpires when it is windy,” an ICC spokesman said. “The lights make any movement more noticeable.”

It was prophetic the anomaly struck again in Australia’s loss to India after Finch was asked about the trend in his pre-match press conference.

“I think you take the good with the bad in that situation. I suppose with the new — the light-up stumps, the bails seem to be a lot heavier, so it does take a bit of a force,” Finch said.

“I’ve seen it a handful of times now in IPL and Big Bash and stuff where the ball rolls back onto the stumps, where the bails traditionally, one of them will pop off.

“But yeah, I think it’s just one of those things that you are aware that when you’re on the right side of it, you are aware of it a bit more than when you’re not.”

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