ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Light it up: Zing bails not going anywhere
Are the light-up stump-toppers more stubborn than their wooden predecessors? A fifth incident in less than two weeks has raised eyebrows among the world’s best
Louis Cameron at The Oval, London
10 June 2019, 10:36 AM AEST
Captains of two of the world's leading cricket nations have questioned the use of light-up bails at the World Cup after a fifth incident in 10 days of a batsman getting bowled but the bails not being dislodged.
India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni went as far as inspecting how firmly the stumps had been hammered into the pitch after David Warner edged one onto his foot and watched the ball roll back onto his stumps, only for the Zing bails to remain put.
It comes after West Indies' Chris Gayle, South Africa's Quinton De Kock, Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne and Bangladesh's Mohammad Saifuddin all had similar slices of good fortune.
The International Cricket Council have insisted the Zing bails, originally developed by an Adelaide-based technology company, are no heavier than their regular wooden predecessors.
But both Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch raised issues with them on Sunday.
"This is not something which you expect at the international level," Kohli said after leading India to a 36-run win over Australia at The Oval.
"I think with the technology it's great. The lights come on and you know it's very precisely when you actually make something happen with the stumps.
"But you literally have to smash the stumps really hard - and I'm saying that as a batsman … and these are fast bowlers. These are not medium-pace bowlers."
Four of the five incidents during this tournament occurred on chop-ons or deflections off the batter, meaning the ball hit the stumps at a significantly lower pace.
Gayle's was the exception, with the West Indian bowled by Mitchell Starc bowling at around the 150kph mark. The noise was so loud that he was given out caught behind, only for it to be overturned when the review showed it had in fact clipped his off-stump and not his bat.
There was however a reminder in Sunday's second women's ODI between England and West Indies that the same issue arises from time to time with old-fashioned wooden stumps, when Tammy Beaumont was lucky to survive being bowled by spinner Afy Fletcher in Worcester.
Kohli said India suspected the stump that spared Warner had been knocked in too hard into the surface, but Dhoni found no such issue.
"MS said we checked the stump hole, as well," Kohli continued. "The stump was not in very hard, it was actually loose. So I don't know what's actually wrong with the stump, the outer coating of the stump.
"I have no idea what's going on … if the stump is too thick or too rigid - I have no idea.
"No team would like seeing stuff like that when you actually bowl a good ball and then you don't get the guy out … I haven't seen that happen (as) many times in the past."
As Kohli alluded to, the light-up stumps and bails are preferred by administrators.
Most importantly, they show umpires the exact moment a bail has been dislodged, which has proven particularly helpful on tight run-out and stumping decisions.
Warner did go on to make a half-century against India, but incidentally none of the five players played in winning sides after their reprieves.
But Finch fears that may not continue to be the case, suggesting it could cause an ever greater stir – and sense of injustice – if it happened in a key moment in the knockout stages.
"We were on the right end of it today but … it's a bit unfair at times, isn't it. And I know David's hit the stumps pretty hard," said Finch.
"But it does seem to be happening more and more, which is unfortunate, because you'd hate to see something like that happen in a World Cup final or a semi-final or something like that (when) you've done the hard work as a bowler or a fielding side to set a player up or get the mistake and it not be rewarded.
"I'm not sure what you can do. I don't know how much lighter they can make the bails."
2019 World Cup
Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
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