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Bat size proposal 'hypocritical': Jones

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Warren Barnsley

Recently-retired cricketers calling for a reduction in bat sizes should cast their memories back a few short years to their own playing days, according to Dean Jones.

The Australian batting great says it's hypocritical for the MCC world cricket committee to propose limits with some members having benefited from using big bats.

The 11-person committee, which includes former star batsmen Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara and Sourav Ganguly, has recommended limiting the edge of the bat to 40mm and 67mm for the spine.

Jones said he has no problem with big bats.

"Honestly boys, get over it," Jones told SEN radio on Friday.

"I just find it just a tad hypocritical from batsman who have already played the game, and they were also using the big bats."

Ponting said the committee, which advises the MCC in its role of custodian of the laws of the game, agreed to the recommendations after two years of discussion.

Concern has centred around the balance between bat and ball, with the introduction of big bats resulting in more mis-hits reaching and clearing boundaries.

"Over 60% of current players were also concerned with where the size of cricket bats were going," Ponting said.

"What we are really conscious of as well is that we don't want to take the game back to the '50s or '60s, we are just worried about where it was going to go."

Jones said bigger bats weren't the only factor in an apparent imbalance in favour of batsmen in world cricket.

"I honestly believe that the standard of bowling around the world has remarkably reduced over the years," Jones said.

"How many guys really touch 150 now? You've got (Australian) Mitchell Starc and maybe (South Africa's Kagiso) Rabada getting close to it.

"They don't talk about the pitches. The pitches are better now than they've ever been, particularly in one-day cricket.

"Of course you're going to get massive scores."

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