Melbourne, Australia – Organisers of the Big Bash League in Australia have unveiled the latest innovation in Twenty20 cricket: a set of stumps and bails that can be illuminated in celebration whenever an Australian pace bowler completes his four over spell uninjured.
The wickets, thought to be the first of their kind anywhere in the world, incorporate a set of LED lights which can flash bright red to indicate that a bowler has come through a match unscathed and is fit and available to break down during a pre-test net session.
However, concerns remain over the system’s reliability after it was revealed that it has yet to be activated during operational tests conducted by Big Bash officials.
“It’s true we’ve yet to fully test the system, “ admitted Big Bash League spokesman, Peter Brown, “unfortunately the bowlers we had available to us, Ryan Harris, Brett Lee and James Pattinson, all broke down before they could bowl twenty-four deliveries. People have been quick to criticise and say this means the new system hasn’t been proven but with Australian pace bowlers being stretchered away left, right and centre we took the view that match conditions had been replicated perfectly.”
Today’s Big Bash fixture between Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes is due to start at 20:00 local time. Doug Bollinger is expected to pull up injured at around 20:05.