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Cricket Australia makes decision on Andre Russell's black bat

Sporting News logo Sporting News 21/12/2016
<span style="font-size:13px;">Andre Russell</span> © Provided by Sportal com au Andre Russell

Cricket Australia has decided to ban the black cricket bat used by Sydney Thunder's Andre Russell during the opening Big Bash match against Sydney Sixers on Tuesday night.

Russell's bat left black marks on the white Kookaburra ball, with the governing body extending the ban to cover all coloured cricket bats.

The West Indian only made nine runs from seven balls but umpires Paul Wilson and Jon Ward revealed there was two black marks on the ball after Russell's innings.

"The Match Officials provided feedback to Cricket Australia that the bat used by Andre left black marks on the match ball," Head of the Big Bash Anthony Everard said.

"As a result, we have decided to withdraw our approval for Andre to use the bat that was used last night as the colour solution used by the manufacturer was discolouring the ball.

"Should Andre, or any other BBL or WBBL player for that matter, wish to use a bat with a different colouring solution to the one used last night that doesn’t result in the discolouration of the match ball, they will be permitted to do so subject to Cricket Australia being satisfied that the bat won’t compromise the integrity of the game, which we believe discolouring the match ball does."

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