|A high degree of accuracy in judging bat/pad decisions
ICC recognises that this is one of the most difficult on field decisions. There are a number of helpful tips to assist you in making the correct decision – see the information in the columns opposite.
Listen for the types of noises, and timing of the noises:
- Are there two clear noises? View the videos opposite (Video resources of best practice: Two clear noises) and listen to the audio. Where was the bat in relation to the ball?
- When you view the videos refer to the notes in Bat pad training tips, and Bat Pad Decision Tips (See Resources to read: Bat Pad Decision Tips)
- Trust your instincts and watch the speed of the ball after impact
- How far in front of the pad was the bat? Should the batsman play the ball with his ‘bat’ out in front of his pad, then any edge is likely to go square of him – the reason for this is because after the ball hits the edge of the bat, the ball is more likely to hit the outside edges of the pad and then shoot out towards a fielder.
- When the striker plays with his ‘bat’ behind his front pad – the appeal has to be considered on the basis that it is a likely pad / bat decision. This is a harder decision to make in many cases as it can be hard to actually distinguish what the second noise may be. When you view the videos refer to the notes in Bat pad training tips, and Bat Pad Decision Tips (Resources to read).
- Not only do you have to give yourself some extra time to hear the extra sound, but you also need time to process it and decide what type of sound it was. Was it a ‘paddy’ sound, a ‘fleshy’ sound, a ‘woody’ sound, bat hitting ground or bat hitting pad?
- Often in noisy or windy environments you do not always get to hear what you need to hear. Under these conditions, you have to learn to TRUST your eyesight implicitly which is very challenging for a decision that requires the use of sight and sound. For this to work, you really have to be focussing on the ball – where it pitches, what it hit and where it was going. The only way that you can effectively do this is by telling yourself as it happens (in your mind).
- Just because you are convinced that the batsman has ‘hit’ the ball, it is very easy to switch off and forget that you still may have to rule on the ball carrying and being fairly caught!
- It is vital that you make up your own mind based on what you have seen or heard and not be influenced by other factors – when you view the videos refer to the notes in Bat pad training tips, and Bat Pad Decision Tips (See Resources to read: Bat Pad Decision Tips).
||Rule 1: Two clear noises
Rule 2: Bat out in front of pad
Rule 3: Bat behind pad
Rule 4: Type of sound
Rule 5: Trusting your eyes: where is the ball in relation to bat and glove?
- 4.6 Video 449, big turning ball balloons up
- 4.6 Video 450, ball did not hit pad
- 4.6 Video 451, ball did not hit bat or glove but sounds good
- 4.6 Video 452, ball not near the bat
- 4.6 Video 453, ball changes direction off the pad
- 4.6 Video 454, big appeal for caught behind
- 4.6 Video 455, watch the ball as
- 4.6 Video 456, watch the ball off the pad and onto the glove and watch it change direction
- 4.6 Video 457, watch the ball; what made the ball change direction?
- 4.6 Video 458, what did the ball come off after it hit the pad?
Rule 6: Don’t switch off. Other things to consider: did the ball carry?
Rule 7: Give it as you hear and see it, and don’t be influenced by appeals