Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, has called for a review of run-out rules following the dismissal of Neil Wagner in the second Test against Bangladesh in Christchurch.
Wagner grounded his bat before the ball hit the wickets but was given out because he had no part of his body or his bat on the ground when the bails came off. In the fraction of a second it took for the bails to be dislodged, he was mid-stride with both feet in the air and had lifted the bat off the ground.
“It seems a little bit unfair,” said Hesson on Tuesday (January 24), although the decision did not impact the outcome of the game as New Zealand went on to win by nine wickets.
The New Zealand argument is that if the bat touching the ground behind the line completes a single if the batsmen turn for another run, then it should also complete the single if it is the end of the scoring movement.
“When your bat bounces over the line, once you’ve made your ground, that’s not really what the run out’s all about,” argued Hesson. “I personally think it (the rule) needs a bit of tinkering.”
The second Test win in Christchurch completed a tour sweep of Bangladesh with New Zealand claiming the Tests as well as the three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Hesson said the 8-0 triumph had given his bowlers, in particular, confidence going into next week’s Chappell-Hadlee Trophy One-Day International series against Australia. Dismissing Bangladesh for 173 in their second innings “was probably our best performance with the ball in 12 months”, he said.
Hesson was also not concerned that Australia were resting two of their main batsmen, David Warner and Usman Khawaja, for the three-match series. “I think they’ve got plenty of good players though,” said Hesson, recalling that Australia beat New Zealand 3-0 in an ODI series just last month.