Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Size Does Matter: Bat Dimensions Reduced

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Size Does Matter: Bat Dimensions Reduced

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CRICKET: Umpires will have the power to send off dissenting players and dock a team five runs under new code of cricket laws that will come into effect in October.

Bat sizes will also be officially reduced after a series of recommendations from a panel that included former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

The new laws announced by the MCC will mean players, including Australian opener David Warner, will have to trade in his Kaboom for a smaller model.

After October, the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.

Warner's bat easily exceeds that, with edges that reach 50mm, but he had been reducing them knowing a rule change was coming.

A bat gauge will be used to test bats being used.

The other major change include new powers being given to umpires to deal with poor player behaviour, with the seriousness of the offence to determine in-game penalties.

Offences can range from showing dissent at an umpire's decision to committing any act of violence, with sanctions including warnings, the award of five penalty runs to the opposition and, for more serious offences, temporary or permanent removal from the field. …

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