This rule about the batsman “obsructing the field” by changing his line to cover the stumps is one big crock of stinking shyte. What about the bowler deliberately obstructing the runner’s path ? You’d think the ICC was being run by the AFL bosses.
If they want to act in this area, they’d be better off painting a pair of tramlines down each side of the pitch, and require the batsman to run in between them and ban the fielders from going inside them. It might look ridiculous at first, but it would be fairer and work better than this “obstructing the field” bulldust.
D’Arcy Short ? Fine batsman, blood oath. I wouldn’t mind him getting a Test try-out. At least he’s a wrist spinner — bowls chinamen in fact — what the PC brigade call “left-arm legspin” (which is a contradiction in terms) or what Pommy immigrants call “left-arm unorthodox” (as if there’s something intrinsically wrong with wrist spin). Takes wickets, too.