Re: Cricket Discussion Thread
The ICC need to do something about the English bowler who keeps breaking the stumps with his legs, calling it a dead ball everytime is a joke.
The 1st time he did it was a wide, so we lost 1 run & an extra ball, the 2nd time we only scored a single, so we lost another run. The 3rd time he was hit for a 4, which was again dead-balled & disallowed. So in total, we lost 6 runs & an extra ball through no fault of ours, but just because the bowler is too retarded to avoid the stumps on his run up. I'm not saying it cost NZ the game, England won far too comfortably to say that, but if the scores had been closer, it may well have.
It's totally his fuck up & he should be penalised heavy for doing it. IMO, it should be treated exactly the same way as a front foot no ball. The batsmen shouldn't be able to be dismissed (except for a run out), an extra should be awarded to the batting team, any runs/extras should also count & a free hit should be awarded on the next ball.
It may seem harsh, but what is the difference between over stepping the crease & kicking over the stumps when bowling?? The bowler is aware both the stumps & crease are there when he runs into bowl, neither of them move on his approach to the wicket, so therefore it should be his responsibilty to avoid doing either.
It wastes time having to re-bowl the ball, it can cause disruption to the momentum of rotating the strike & the batsmen/batting team aren't rewarded for the shot they've played. As I said, he should be heavily penalised & I'm sure he'd find a way to overcome his retardness & bowl legitimate balls.