first_imgWhile agreeing that modern bats do cause some sort of While agreeing that modern bats do cause some sort of uneven contest in terms of number of balls crossing the ropes, Hadlee – who will be 65 on July 3 – said that things can be evened out by lengthening the boundaries. “I think we are seeing more results in Test cricket these days. The contest between bat and ball is pretty fair. Having said that with the bigger bats, heavier bats, (or) in some ways light bats with thick edges, a lot more boundaries are being hit. “In Test cricket, we are getting results, you are always going to get results in ODIs and T20 game, so the balance is actually okay. What I would like to see is bigger boundaries. “Bowlers, at times, do suffer in some formats with smaller boundaries, and you want to make that a contest. Running between the wickets is an important part of the game, but we dont see a lot of threes being run, so make it (boundary) little bigger,” he said. Hadlee also spoke about the changes he made in his bowling, which helped him to become more successful. “I started first-class cricket in 1971-72 as a tearaway fast bowler, just trying to bowl as fast as I could and not a lot of control, bowling halfway down the pitch and all that sort of stuff. Theres not much of a skill in doing that! By the time 1976 came, I took 25 wickets in six Tests on tours to India and Pakistan – three (games) in each country. Thats not bad in sub-continental conditions. “I was just starting to get it right, with my rhythm and technique being a little more efficient. Again, another big change happened during my career – with (me) going from a long to a shorter run up in English county cricket. “I was criticised in my initial season for the shorter run-up by the media, fellow players and spectators. I copped a fair “bagging” because people felt that I was taking short cuts, and that if youre a fast bowler youve got to run in from 25 yards. And so I made a professional decision to stay with a shorter run up and I really honed in on a classical action, nicely and efficiently,” he said. (More) PTI NRB SSR KRK KHS KHS RYSadvertisementlast_img