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ICC defends use of stubborn LED bails

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have refused to change the 'zing bails', which have come under strong criticism for not falling off even when the ball hits the wicket.

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch have proceeded to denounce the use of LED bails, which was once again the center of controversy during India's 36-run victory over Australia.

Australia opener David Warner luckily survived being bowled off a sharp delivery from Jasprit Bumrah as the ball rolled onto the base of the stumps but the bails did not budge.

Warner's surprising reprieve was not the first instance involving the 'immovable bails' this tournament, as four other batsmen in previous games have avoided being bowled.

'Can't change anything mid-event'

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain also lent support to Kohli and Finch's complaints but the ICC is not too keen on reverting to traditional wooden bails devoid of the glow.

The sport's governing body reasoned it would be unfair on certain teams if the bails were to be changed in the latter stages of the tournament.

"We wouldn't change anything mid-event as it would compromise the integrity of the event - the equipment is the same for all 10 teams across all 48 games," the International Cricket Council told Sky Sports in a statement on Tuesday.

"The stumps have not changed in the last four years. They have been used in all ICC events since the 2015 Men's Cricket World Cup and in a range of domestic events.

"This means they've been used in more than 1000 games -- this is a statistical anomaly.

"This issue has always been part of the game, with the accepted concept being that it requires some force to disturb a batsman's 'castle'."