David Warner defends his bat size after Ricky Ponting's concern

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Sydney, July 8: Days after former Australia captain Ricky Ponting expressed concern over size and weight of bats used in Test cricket, Aussie opener David Warner defended using big bats.

Ricky Ponting concerned over size and weight of bats in Test cricket

As per an ESPNcricinfo report, the explosive Australian batsman said he believed flat pitches were a more significant factor in any perceived imbalance between bat and ball in Test cricket.

"A lot of batsmen are scoring a lot of runs, there have been a lot of runs scored in the last 12 to 18 months; you can't specifically come out and say it is the big bats, because everyone around the country and around the world is scoring a lot of runs. In my mind it is a credit to the bat maker," Warner was quoted as saying.

Earlier this week, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said he will take up this matter at the next meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club's world cricket committee at Lord's early next week.

The World Cup-winning skipper called for regulation of size to ensure a greater balance between bat and ball as the current laws only limit the length and width of bats, not the depth or weight.

Ponting said he had no problem with such bats being used in the shorter formats but believed they should be banned from Test cricket.

"I think it will happen. I am going in a couple of weeks for a world cricket committee meeting and that will be one of the topics talked about. I don't mind it for the shorter versions of the game," Ponting was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

Ponting argued that the main issue was the use of lightweight materials with extremely thick edges, like the ones used by Warner.

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