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Rules of ‘Mankading’ need clarity: Jos Buttler

first_imgJaipur: Jos Buttler believes his controversial dismissal in Rajasthan Royals’ first game of the IPL season was ‘probably the wrong decision’, adding that the current wording of the laws governing run-outs at the non-striker’s end are a bit ‘wishy-washy’, needing further clarification. “Of course a Mankading has to be in the laws of the game because a batsman can’t just run halfway down the pitch trying to get a headstart,” Buttler told ESPNcricinfo.“But I do think the way the law is written, there is a bit of a grey area in that saying ‘when a bowler is expected to release the ball’. That is a bit of a wishy-washy statement.” England batsman Buttler was ‘Mankaded’ by Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin at a crucial moment in the match that Rajasthan went on to lose. The manner of the dismissal created ripples across the cricketing fraternity and beyond, with many former greats of the game lambasting the Indian off-spinner for breaching the ‘spirit of the game’. Buttler said it set ‘a bad precedent at the start of the tournament’.“At the time I was really disappointed with it. I didn’t like the style of it. I just thought it was a bad precedent at the start of the tournament. For the tournament itself. It was a really disappointing way to start the tournament,” he said. The current wording of Law 41.16 states: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground at any time from the moment the ball comes into play until the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the non-striker is liable to be run out”.In the case of Buttler’s dismissal, that key phrase ‘expected release’ was a major factor in his downfall. The MCC, which initially said it was not against the spirit of the game, later backtracked on its statement, saying the act was not right. “If you look at the footage, probably the wrong decision was made because at the time he was expected to release the ball I was in my crease,” Buttler said.“What was more disappointing is that suddenly, over the next two games, I found myself being really conscious of it and it is quite distracting,” he said. “It is so rare that you’re not normally thinking about it. I must be the only person to get out twice in that way. “It distracted me for the next couple of games which is why it was nice to get some runs in the win and get back to thinking about batting and not worrying about how I back up at the non-striker’s end.”Since the incident, Buttler, who had made six half-centuries in his seven previous IPL innings prior to that, managed two single-figure scores against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. The 28-year old then returned to form with an innings of 59 from 43 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, helping Royals script their first win of the season. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Pitching and defense lead Angels to third straight victory, beating Blue Jays 2-1

first_imgPreviousANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Justin Upton #8, Michael Hermosillo #59 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate a 2-1 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, claps as he scores on a single by Luis Valbuena as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin stands at the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsToronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws out Toronto Blue Jays’ Kendrys Morales at second after fielding a ball hit by Kevin Pillar during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Pillar was also thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce slips as he tries to field an RBI double by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada, right, wipes his face after Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, left, scored on a single by Luis Valbuena during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is welcomed into the dugout after scoring on a single hit by Luis Valbuena in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays’ Aledmys Diaz, right, scores on a double by Devon Travis as Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Michael Hermosillo #59 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim does not make it to base on this bunt in the eight inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis fields a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Kinsler was thrown out at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium. Heaney pitched seven strong innings in a 2-1 win. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim flys out in the eight inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 2-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a throw on a double hit by Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays that scored a run in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 2-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Yangervis Solarte #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays lines out against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Michael Hermosillo #59 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can not catch a ball hit by Steve Pearce #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Michael Hermosillo attempts to make the catch on a ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Pillar was initially called out but was called safe after a review. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Luis Valbuena #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a throw to first base to catch Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Angels won 2-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Parker throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Parker celebrates after the Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Andrelton Simmons #2 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate a 2-1 victory over Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Justin Upton #8, Michael Hermosillo #59 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate a 2-1 win over Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, claps as he scores on a single by Luis Valbuena as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin stands at the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 23Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, claps as he scores on a single by Luis Valbuena as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin stands at the plate during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 22, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandANAHEIM — The last time Andrew Heaney pitched, he walked off the mound with a lead, only to see the bullpen – most notably Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian – let it get away.This time, they got the job done.Bedrosian and Parker retired all six batters they faced to protect the Angels’ 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, finishing the job started by Heaney’s seven innings.“It was good to bounce back after Heaney’s last outing,” Parker said. “He pitched so well and we didn’t convert. It felt good to convert this one for him.” On Sunday in Oakland, Heaney pitched eight innings and handed the bullpen a two-run lead. Parker entered first and he retired only one of four hitters. Bedrosian then gave up the game-tying run on a bloop single with two outs, and the Angels lost in 11 innings.On Friday, Heaney gave up one run on nine hits in seven innings, but the hitters produced only a pair of first-inning runs on three hits, leaving little margin for error when Bedrosian entered in the eighth.Bedrosian and Parker were both perfect, locking up the Angels’ third straight victory.It was a welcomed routine save for a bullpen that has been one of the major issues during the team’s recent struggles. The Angels blew leads in three of the last four games on the road last week.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“If you saw our bullpen the whole year you know at times it’s been in a state of flux,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got a lot of young arms there. Guys have been up and down. We’ve had a variety of roles for each pitcher trying to get settled. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 center_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros While there wasn’t much happening offensively, the pitchers did enough for the Angels to win, pulling within five games of the Seattle Mariners for the second American League wild-card spot.Although it’s a little early to be looking at the standings, the past few days have been an indication that perhaps the race won’t be the runaway it seemed last week.The Mariners lost their fifth straight game on Friday, which could be part of a “correction” after their hot streak that was fueled by a 23-11 record in one-run games.Even though the Mariners are ahead of the Angels, they have outscored their opponents by just 10 runs, while the Angels have outscored theirs by 32 runs.It suggests there might still be a pennant race, one in which the Angels will need their bullpen to be successful.“It’s good to hold some leads and get a little momentum,” Parker said. “We’d like to come in and keep shutting it down and carry that on into the road trip.” “Tonight we had it lined up. We had two guys throwing the ball well for us. Cam and Blake are both throwing the ball well and they came in and did the job. A growing bullpen is really important to us.”The bullpen picked up Heaney after he left, and the defense helped him out while he was pitching.In the second inning, third baseman Luis Valbuena made a nice backhand stop and a throw to second to get a force. Valbuena also charged and barehanded a bouncer to end the fourth, with two runners on base.Left fielder Justin Upton made a leaping catch of a Russell Martin fly ball at the fence in the second, robbing him of an extra-base hit.Heaney had only one 1-2-3 inning, and it was the first. After that, he was pitching with traffic on the bases for much of the night.“Andrew did a terrific job,” Scioscia said. “He pitched with his back against the wall the whole night.”The Angels didn’t get Heaney a run after they scored two in the first. Albert Pujols yanked a double down the left field line, driving in Upton from first. Valbuena followed with an RBI single.After that, Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada gave up just one hit over his next six innings. Pujols had a single to lead off the fourth, and he was quickly erased when Valbuena lined into a double play.Estrada also ended Andrelton Simmons’ streak of 90 consecutive plate appearances without a strikeout, the fourth longest in Angels history. When Estrada got Simmons to swing through a changeup in the fourth inning, it was Simmons’ first strikeout since May 18.It was such a quiet night for the Angels hitters that even Mike Trout failed to reach base for the first time since June 10.Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak last_img read more