At the County Cricket Concert of England held at Lord's sometime ago, it was moved "that the attention of the M. C. C. (Marylebone Cricket Club) be called to the unsatisfactory effect of Law 24, and to recommend that it shall be so altered as to read that a batsman shall be out if, with any part of his person being in a straight line from wicket to wicket, he stop the ball which, in the opinion of the umpire would have hit the wicket." A long debate followed, at the end of which the motion was carried by a vote of eleven to three, three of the counties not voting.
It is generally supposed that the M. C. C. will accept the recommendation of the Council, and will amend Law 24, as suggested. Such action would undoubtedly be followed in this country, as many of our leading cricketers favor such a step. The effect would be to give the slow breaking bowler a much greater opportunity than he has previously had, and, for a time at least, to reduce the scoring.