The 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia may be days away, but England have arrived in Australia for a bilateral series. In the 3-game T20I series against Australia, the Briton wants to understand the nature of the pitch and get used to it. But a bizarre decision by the stadium authorities has baffled many, including the former Indian cricketer, Wasim Jaffer.
Jaffer, who has been an active commentator on social media since retiring, noticed that the border rope in the first T20I between Australia and England had been pushed inside. The decision is a worrying one for Jaffer, who does not want to reduce the size of the field at the T20 World Cup, which begins a week later.
Jaffer wrote on Twitter: “I saw a clear boundary rope being introduced in Aus v Eng T20I. I hope that doesn’t happen during WC. Big fields, long boundaries are unique to Australian cricket.”
I saw a significant introduction of boundary ropes in Aus v Eng T20I. I hope this is not the case during WC. Large fields and long boundaries are unique to Australian cricket. #AUSvENG #T20World Cup pic.twitter.com/NQ0uICQZWf
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 9, 2022
Australian cricket pitches are traditionally huge, which makes it harder for batsmen to bat. While it is undeniable that T20 cricket is getting more batting friendly, the authorities may decide to push the boundary ropes inward to see more scoring in the T20 World Cup.
However, such a decision could disrupt some teams’ preparations for the showcase event.
For the first T20I between Australia and England, the visitors hit a total of 208 overs on the board in the first bat. Alex Hales Highest bat score, 84 at-bats during captaincy Jose Butler 68 runs with only 32 balls.
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