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Kohli and Finch unite to condemn 'immovable bails'
'The immovable bails'

Kohli and Finch unite to condemn 'immovable bails'

India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Aaron Finch have both criticized the use of 'zing bails' which are proving to be unfair to the fielding side after yet another freak occurrence during the World Cup clash between India and Australia on Sunday.

Australia's opening batsman David Warner received an unexpected early reprieve after he inside edged a sharp delivery from Jasprit Bumrah in the second over of the innings towards the base of the stumps, but the bails refused to budge.

Although Warner could not fully cash in on the lucky escape as he managed a sedate 56 off 84 deliveries, the 'immovable bails' controversy could have been the main talking point had Australia emerged victorious in the end.

The alarming regularity with which the LED bails have survived being dislodged in this tournament, has led to this technology being viewed as 'unfair' to the bowlers.

A total of five instances have already been witnessed across the first ten days of the World Cup where the 'zing bails' have miraculously clung onto the stumps.

Chirs Gayle and Quinton de Kock have been other high-profile beneficiaries of the LED bails not falling off, in their respective encounters against Australia and England.

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has continued to defend its using of the 'zing bails', despite being estimated to weigh heavier than the size of the normal bail.

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain have called on the ICC to resolve this issue as soon as possible since it creates needless drama on the field and further tilting the balance of contest towards the batsmen.

'You literally have to smash the stumps to knock them out' - Kohli

Not mincing his words on the matter, Kohli made it clear that Warner's reprieve was unacceptable and does not reflect the high standards maintained in international cricket.

"Definitely. This is not something you expect at international level," he told reporters. "The technology is great. It's very precise when you make something happen with the stumps.

"But you literally have to smash the stumps really hard to knock them out. That's me as a batsman saying that.

"These are fast bowlers, these are not medium-pace bowlers.

"We checked and the stump was not knocked in very hard so I don't know what's going on. Is the stump too thick or too rigid?

"No team will like to see that, if you bowl a good ball and you don't get a guy out. I haven't seen that happen so many times in the past."

His Aussie counterpart, Finch also expressed concern over the incident, relating the need to come up with a plausible solution so that teams do not have an unfair advantage.

Finch said: "Yeah, I think so. We were on the right end of it today, but I think going forward it is a bit unfair at times.

"It hit the stumps pretty hard. It does seem to be happening more and more, which is unfortunate.

"I'm not sure what they can do. I don't know how much lighter they can make the bails.

"You would hate to see something like that happen in a World Cup semi-final or final when you have done the hard work to set up the batsman."

Finch addresses fresh ball-tampering accusations

Amid ball-tampering claims laid against Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, Finch called for calmness and dismissed the allegations.

Zampa was spotted on camera putting his hand suspiciously in his pocket and then rubbing the white ball, fuelling accusations of applying an illicit substance to rough up its texture.

This incident comes a year after Australia's star duo Steve Smith and David Warner, alongside Test opener Cameron Bancroft, were banned for their roles in the plan to tamper with the ball during the Cape Town Test match against South Africa.

This time, Finch asserted Zampa was merely using hand-warmers kept in his pocket as he frequently does during other matches and was thus clear of any ball-tampering charges.

"I haven't seen the photos, so I can't comment on them. I know for a fact he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them in every single game he plays," Finch said.