Andre Russell’s black and pink bat was the topic of conversation as Sydney Sixers beat Sydney Thunders by nine wickets at the Big Bash League.
Russell’s choice of bat was described as outrageous and illegal by different people. But he did not survive long enough for the bat to have a decisive say on the fate of the match.
“With that black bat, the ball, if you have a close look at it, it has four black marks on it. So if he had batted for any time, it may have proven hard to see,” Brad Haddin told commentators.
“A player can use a coloured bat subject to CA approval. The bat may be the same colour as the club’s primary colour or black,” a spokesperson for Cricket Austrlia confirmed. “CA retains the right to withdraw approval at its absolute discretion and the umpires can also request a player to change the bat if they believe it affects the integrity of the match,” it further added.
It’s not the first time a BBL batsman has used coloured willow, with Russell’s Thunder teammate Aiden Blizzard swinging an electric green bat last season while former Melbourne Renegades power hitter Chris Gayle was approved to use a gold bat.