Mark Waugh and the cricket world has been left stunned after a 'ridiculous' Big Bash rule nearly cost the Melbourne Renegades the match against the Melbourne Stars on Saturday night. Against the Renegades, Joe Clarke and Beau Webster both hit the roof with lofty shots in the second innings as the Stars fell six-runs short in their run-chase.
Under the previous rules, the ball would have been called dead. However, after Aaron Finch hit the roof in BBL2, rules were changed to award a six.
But against the Renegades, at least one of the shots was favoured to be easily caught with both balls not going to reach the boundary. Aussie cricket great Waugh was adamant the rule needed tweaking.
"Should not be six runs," Mark Waugh said. "100 per cent Junior," Mark Howard replied.
"12 runs is a big difference in this game, let alone the fact that they would have been out."
Waugh wasn't alone in his assessment of the rule. Finch was wearing a microphone during the match and told the commentary team that a sox shouldn't be awarded.
"That would have been two simple catches tonight," Finch said. "They were both straight up."
Waugh reiterated that at minimum the ball should be counted as dead. "It’s cost them 12 runs which is wrong,” Waugh said during Fox Sports commentary.
“It’s just not going for six. At the minimum it should be a dead ball. Twelve runs is a big difference in this game – let alone the fact they would have been out. Can’t do much about that but there’s no way it should be an automatic six. They’ve got to have a look at that rule. It’s not right the way that rule sits at the moment.”
Many in the cricket world called for the rule to be changed.
That roof rule gota go!!! 😑 @RenegadesBBL 😑🥴 can't get 6 if it's going straight up!
— Akeal Hosein (@AHosein21) January 14, 2023
Imagine just launching every ball straight up in the air and getting six runs every time the ball hits the roof… What a stupid rule… 🏏 pic.twitter.com/XxdO22p4Ya
— James (@Surreycricfan) January 14, 2023
We have the first six on the roof from Joe Clarke at the Marvel. Not sure if it would have gone the distance but cricket rules are rules.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 14, 2023
— Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) January 14, 2023
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) January 14, 2023
Ok that roof six rule is ridiculous.
Joe Clarke is out caught at any other ground.#bbl12
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 14, 2023
Hitting the roof being an automatic six is one of the worst rules you can ever think of. Both tonight have been mishits that would have been caught #BBL12
— GV (@GoldenViews00) January 14, 2023
This roof rule is actually such B.S, I’ve had enough of it
The roof shouldn’t even be closed in the first place, it’s a sauna in here#BBL12
— Neal Symons (@neal_symons) January 14, 2023
Adam Zampa offers backyard cricket solution
All Stars bowler Adam Zampa offered up a quirky backyard cricket rule to be introduced for when the ball hits the roof. The ODI spinner said a 'one hand, one bounce' interpretation could be introduced to keep the game going.
"Yeah, why not?" he said after the match. "Honestly, it's a little bit bizarre that they call it a six when the ball goes straight up in the air.
"As a bowler you expect that deceive a batsman and at least be in with a chance of getting a wicket. Maybe build the roof a bit higher."
Zampa said the rule didn't favour the bowler - considering they could have been wickets - and needed a change.
"When that happens, you know how lucky you are," Zampa said.
"It's nothing about getting on top of the bowler or anything like that. It's just pure luck."
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