To secure the Brisbane Heat’s 15-run victory over the Sydney Sixers, Michael Neser pulled off a fantastic but contentious catch. Josh Hazlewood has led the criticism of this ambiguous regulation.
Never caught Jordan Silk (41 off 23 balls), but only after hitting the ball in the air behind the boundary rope during Sunday night’s Big Bash League match at the Gabba.
Never was able to collect the ball almost inside the boundary rope but was unable to do so without stepping behind it. As a result, he threw the ball into the air, left the playing area, leaped to throw it up again while in the air, and then finished the catch inside the boundary rope.
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It’s out now. as long as his feet were in the air when he flung it up the second time.
If his feet were in the air, he could throw it up 300 times in total.
“I knew [Matt] Renshaw did that a couple of years ago,” Neser said to 7Cricket. I decided to try it because I wasn’t sure whether the regulations had changed. Thank goodness, the regulations remained unchanged
Fast bowler Hazlewood from Australia “didn’t enjoy it all, though.”
Hazlewood stated on Monday, “I believe it should go back to the previous rule where you have to be in the field of play and that’s your final step before you throw it back in. “Ness” is different and it was something new.
“There’s no doubt that players are aware of the law. Although I’m unsure of the exact date, the rule changed a few years ago.
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That probably has to change, @BBL. Seriously. The ball might as well be thrown into the air as you continue to run down the road to Caxton Street. Just a terrible rule #BBL12, that.
Hazlewood joined previous players Marcus North and Cameron Boyce in requesting a change to the rule, though he added that he would do the same thing if it meant taking a wicket because “if it’s in the rules, go for it.”
Boyce tweeted, “Probs need to modify that eh, @BBL.” You might as well continue running toward Caxton Street while tossing the ball into the air. Just a bad regulation, that.
If this is permitted by cricket’s rules, North tweeted, “they need to alter.” “That should not be permitted. What defines the boundary’s point?
Fans joined them, believing that the regulation was unfair even if the catch was within the bounds of the rules. Sydney Thunder bowler Chris Green, though, had no issue with it.
Green tweeted that he was in favor of the rule because it “promotes great boundary catches that we love to watch [as] part of the game.”
Michael Neser displayed exceptional awareness and composure. And outside the bounds of the game’s rules. But according to the rules of the game, it obviously shouldn’t be out. A player should be removed from the game after being grounded outside the playing area. #BBL12
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Fielders being able to toss the ball back in and catch it is a trend that I abhor to the core, but to do it twice is a complete sham. Never made a great effort, but how can this be out?
The regulations should be altered by ICC. It’s a six if the player and the ball both cross the boundary rope. https://t.co/9kS1Ohae7k
January 1, 2023 — Matt Bungard (@TheMattBungard)
Re the Neser catch Although it is legal, in my opinion, you shouldn’t be permitted to jump again outside the playing area. In the same way that you are not allowed to jump into play from off the field.
The Sixers attempted to break the BBL record for runs chased with a valiant reaction, but were unsuccessful and were dismissed for 209 from the final delivery.
The crucial moment in the run chase came when Neser, who had also taken 3-41 with the ball, caught Sixers captain Silk.
Silk added 54 runs in 26 balls with all-rounder Hayden Kerr (27), but Kerr was superbly stumped by Jimmy Peirson off of spinner Matt Kuhnemann (2-31).
In front of 23,689 spectators, Josh Brown earlier played his lightning-quick innings, scoring 62 runs in the Heat’s 5-224 off just 23 balls.
In only his second BBL, he reached fifty in just 19 deliveries, the fifth-fastest in Heat history.