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Warner: Blame pitches, not bats

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David Warner says the authorities should address flat pitches rather than big bats if they want to restore balance in Test cricket. 

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting this week called for a limit on the size of bats in the five-day game, claiming "the Test game is being dominated too much now by batters".

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A 2014 report commissioned by cricket's law-makers found that bat edges had broadened by 300 per cent in the last century, and Aussie opener Warner is among those who favour the chunkier models.

But he said: "I think the wickets are pretty much dictating the Test cricket arena at the moment.

"A lot of batsmen are scoring a lot of runs, there have been a lot of runs scored in the last 12 to 18 months. You can't specifically come out and say it is the big bats, because everyone around the country and around the world is scoring a lot of runs.

"It is a credit to the bat maker. He's told he can use one cleft of wood. If he can use his brains and technology to make a bat light and large, then it's credit to him."

Warner broke a finger during the recent one-day tournament in the Caribbean but is expected to be fit for Australia's first Test in Sri Lanka, beginning on July 26.

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