Stubborn bails trouble World Cup captains

David Warner's bat sensor has revealed some interesting insights about how he is doing his homework against Bumrah

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch express dismay as 'bails of steel' refuse to get dislodged

This week the ICC was forced to defend their use, insisting: 'The zing bails perform exactly as the regular ones and, in fact, are lighter than those used by umpires when it is windy. The huge pro-India crowd at the Oval roared with delight on Sunday. Why can't the groove the bails sit in just be made shallower?

Yet again the incident drew puzzlement and criticism. "Hard enough being a bowler nowadays. needs changing". "I don't know how much lighter they can make the bails", he said.

"Well, they did have a bigger impact than what our spinners did, through the middle overs in particular where the ball was just starting to hold up".

Our coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is brought to you in association with Cricket 19, the official video game of the Ashes. This was not the first incident of this kind that happened with the bails in the tournament.

More than 10 days have passed in the ongoing World Cup and a lot of drama and actions have been already witnessed in the 12th edition of the prestigious quadrennial event.

Both Smith and Warner have been jeered since they landed in England and the former captain had a particularly tough time fielding near the Oval's Vauxhall End boundary when a section of the predominantly Indian crowd started chanting "Cheater!"

"I haven't seen that happen so many times in the past", Kohli told reporters at a briefing.

"I'm not sure what you can do". It´s very precise when you make something happen with the stumps. Australia kept themselves within touching distance of a mammoth chase until late in their innings. He smiled and Bumrah grimaced. We were on the right end of it today, but I think going forward it is a bit unfair at times.

India captain Virat Kohli liked the technology, but the problems were an issue. "But you literally have to smash the stumps really hard, and I'm saying that as a batsman", the skipper laughed while answering the question. 'These are fast bowlers, it's not like they are medium pacers or anything.

"MS (Dhoni) said he checked the stump hole, as well". It was actually loose. 'So I don't know what's wrong with the outer coating of the stump, if it's too thick or too rigid.

There have been five instances in the 14 matches of the World Cup so far where the "zing bails", (which contain lights that flash when the ball hit the wicket) have refused to dislodge, despite being hit hard by the ball, and thus, denying the bowlers a hard-earned wicket.

Warner scored only 22 from 44 balls in his opening 61-run stand with Finch. In Sri Lanka's game with New Zealand last Saturday, Karunaratne edged a ball onto his stumps without the bails being dislodged.

England vs. Bangladesh, June 8: Bangladesh's fate was already set when Ben Stokes appeared to bowl Mohammad Saifuddin on 5 with an audible hit of the leg stump.

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