Ashes 2019: Windy Conditions Temporarily Cause Play to Go on Without Bails at Manchester

During the second session on Day 1 of the fourth Ashes Test at Manchester, an unusual sight was witnessed where the umpires took the bails off the stumps and allowed play to go on, owing to extremely windy conditions.

Ashes 2019: Windy Conditions Temporarily Cause Play to Go on Without Bails at Manchester

During the second session on Day 1 of the fourth Ashes Test at Manchester, an unusual sight was witnessed where the umpires took the bails off the stumps and allowed play to go on, owing to extremely windy conditions.

During the 32nd over of Australia’s innings, the wind was so strong that a beach ball from the crowd was blown on to the pitch, and the bails kept flying off their grooves. Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus then took the decision to carry on play, simply after taking the bails off.

This provision is perfectly within the rules of cricket, and the first instance of it happening in an international game was in a match between Afghanistan and West Indies in 2017.

Law 8.5 of cricket states, “The umpires may agree to dispense with the use of bails, if necessary. If they so agree then no bails shall be used at either end. The use of bails shall be resumed as soon as conditions permit.”​



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