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1872 Excerpt: ...of the bat. It would not be necessary to add a
fourth stump; by making each stump one-fourth of an inch more in
diameter a considerable effect would be obtained, and the
unwieldiness of the four-stump wicket would be avoided. But, we
hear it said from the anti-alteration party, this would utterly
change the game; it would be quite impossible to play off-stump
balls with a straight bat, and all the evils of crooked play and
unscientific hitting would bo introduced at once. You would compel
a man either to stand with his leg in front of his wicket, or to
play across at balls that are straight for the offstump. This
argument would be important if it was founded on correct premises;
but we maintain that it is not. Supposing the change to make tho
difference of three-fourths of an inch in tho breadth of the
wicket, it would bo necessary for the batsman to play as straight
balls thoso which now would miss the off-stump by threefourths of
an inch. And how are they played? Mr. Grace, with his marvellous
eye, can cut them to a certainty, or treat them as balls which
would not hit the wicket; but by far the greater number of players
play them with a straight bat to tho left-hand of the bowler, or
towards long-off. Tho difference would be, that instead of doing so
ex abundante cauteld, as at present, batsmen would be obliged to
treat theso balls as straight, and to play them in the way we have
described, under pain of losing their wicket: and we are confident
that it would bo as much within the power of a player to guard his
off-stump with a straight bat then as it is now. It would not be so
easy, we admit; but our aim is to add to the batsman's
difficulties. Against taking from tho breadth of the bat we have
met with no sound argument; and we are not disposed to cont...
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