Reuters – MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Umpires should invoke cricket’s laws and protect England’s tailenders from Australia’s relentless “bodyline” bowling in the ongoing Ashes series, former England captain Michael Atherton has said.

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  • MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Umpires should invoke cricket’s laws and protect England’s tailenders from Australia’s relentless “bodyline” bowling in the ongoing Ashes series, former England captain Michael Atherton has said.
  • Cricket – Investec Ashes Launch Press Conference – Investec, Gresham Street, London – 2/7/15Former England cricketer Michael Atherton during the press conferenceAction Images via Reuters / Andrew BoyersLivepic Australia have reclaimed the urn with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-test series, their fiery pace battery of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins singeing England’s frontline batsmen in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
  • England’s number 10 batsman Jake Ball was subjected to a bouncer barrage in the Brisbane opener and number 11 James Anderson suffered a sickening blow to the side of his helmet in the third test at Perth.
  • The law states that short pitched bowling is dangerous if the umpire considers it likely to inflict physical injury when measured against a batsman’s skill.
  • “Test cricket or not, the Law and the playing conditions are there to protect batsmen incapable of protecting themselves,” Atherton added.


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