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by Manuj Sharma Saturday 12 September 2015
Australian batsman, Glenn Maxwell, who took a stunning catch at the boundary to dismiss Liam Plunkett in the fourth One-Day International against England in Leeds, is not a fan of the rule change which allows such catches.
The incident happened in the 46th over of England's chase, when Plunkett attempted to clear a Patrick Cummins delivery over mid-wicket.
Maxwell then caught the ball on the ropes, threw it back into play and went on to complete the catch as he jumped back in.
Despite the fall of Plunkett's wicket, England won the match to level the series 2-2, with Moeen Ali and David Willey seeing the team through to a three-wicket victory.
Before October 2013, players were not allowed to pull off such catches as it was mandatory for the fielder to be grounded within the field of play while taking the catch.
Eventually, the lawmakers changed the rule to allow the fielders to execute the catch while jumping back into play.
Citing the example of basketball, Maxwell argued that a fielder should have his feet on the ground, in the field of play, to execute such a catch.
“I don't think it (the current rule) makes a whole lot of sense.
“I think you should have to get back into the boundary.
"I think if you look at the basketball rule, you have to jump from inside to throw it back in, you can't jump up in the air and catch it on the way back in.
"You've got to make sure your feet have landed inside the court and I think it should be the same in cricket.”
Nevertheless, Maxwell agrees that the current rule makes it easier for the fielders to attempt difficult catches at the boundary ropes.
“Obviously I didn’t really want to have to do it, but I lost a bit of balance on the boundary line.
“So I thought I had to throw it up, and obviously with the law being like it is, jump from over the rope and back in and catch it in mid-air.
“I think it (the current rule) makes it easier as an outfielder but also you’ve got to be aware of the rope as well.
“It made the catch a lot easier to complete, to be able to jump from back over (the boundary) and catch it in the air.”
Maxwell was the star of the day for Australia in the fourth ODI, top scoring with 85 runs, and pulling off two superlative catches on the field.
But his efforts went in vain as England captain, Eoin Morgan, led his team from the front with a crucial run-a-ball knock of 92 runs.
Though Maxwell does not mind taking the tricky boundary catches as a fielder, he expressed that he will not be happy if he was ever dismissed in such a fashion.
"But while we're taking catches on our side it doesn't really bother me, but I know if I was a batsman I'd be pretty upset if that was the dismissal.
“You've just go to play the rules you're given.”
In the ongoing five-match ODI series, Maxwell has scored 166 runs from four games, at an average of 41.50, with one fifty under his belt.
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