What is up with the bails at the Cricket World Cup?

Publish Date
Monday, 10 June 2019, 9:56AM

The recurring phenomenon haunting bowlers at this World Cup struck again this morning.

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?"

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.

This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission

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