Don’t Get Me Cross!

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The batsman hits the ball in the air and is dismissed caught. Unless it’s the last delivery of the over then the new batsman will be on strike.

This would certainly be the case if the ball was caught at slip, so why not if the ball has gathered cloud dust and been held at long on?

Not content with restructuring world cricket or pushing Liam Livingstone’s case for international selection, this is one element of our game that I’d like to change. I really don’t get it.

Why should the new batsman not be on strike just because the batsmen crossed whilst the departing batsman was in the process of being dismissed?

I think that now, more than ever, it’s becoming apparent that our game shouldn’t content itself with being what it is, simply because it’s been like that for hundreds of years. If changes can make our game better, even minor adjustments that breed consistency and simply make sense then let’s make them.

Don’t get me cross!

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