I recently offered Dean Jones wise council counsel regarding a sin of omission:
Deano, evasively in my opinion, replied that Viv's bat was the same size as today's bats:
As we are all aware, bat size, constrained by limits on length and width (but not thickness), is not the driver of the modern power game. Modern bats derive their increased power from design improvements, which I mentioned with a subsequent literary flourish:
@ProfDeano All bats are roughly the same SIZE. But today's bats are made with weapons grade uranium.— Tony Tea (@AfterGrogBlog) January 24, 2015
Your mind's eye can already see Viv's rocket-fuelled Stuart Surridge Jumbo launching Kookaburras into orbit above the MCG.
Happily Deano, with my generous and helpful prompting, has seen the error of his ways and agreed that modern bats are beasts that not even Glenn McGrath could put down:
The bats they use today are crazy. Even Chris Gayle and David Warner use bats that are nearly 7.6 centimetres on the edge. The scary thing for bowlers is there are still improvements in bat manufacturing. Manufacturers are studying whether they can improve the specifications of the handle. They are also looking at different designs of the splice to improve performance. This area of the bat is quite important as it absorbs and transfers all of the energy at impact through to the handle.
Perhaps Deano could have mentioned my valuable contribution several times in that paragraph, but no hard feelings. I know that he knows that I was right.