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English want cricket bat banned

20/04/2005 10:57:24 PM Comments (0)

English cricket officials are calling for the revolutionary bat used by Australian skipper Ricky Ponting to be banned from the Ashes series beginning this June.

The MCC claims the black graphite used on the back of the Kookaburra bat gives Ponting an unfair advantage in power.

The MCC is also unhappy with the bright fluorescent green stickers on the bat which they maintain flouts the spirit of the game, the Daily Telegraph reported.

An unnamed ICC spokesman told the newspaper the bat was up for review.

"At present there is a MCC process ongoing on this matter and, pending the completion of this process, the player is permitted to use the bat in question," he said.

Kookaburra managing director Rob Elliott told the Telegraph it was "rubbish" to suggest the graphite provided extra power or would damage the ball.

He said the MCC wanted to ban the bat and felt it could be a part of the MCC's attempt to try to destabilise Australia's Ashes campaign.

"The carbon reinforces the strength of the blade but it also protects the blade," he said.

"We designed the bat with the use of the carbon reinforcement to prolong the life of the bat because the player wants to use the bat for as long as possible," he said.

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