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There was no greater ignominy for a batsman than to be bowled out while leaving a ball, writes Steve James in the Telegraph. But in this age, there aren't many who look to leave the ball.
Leaving the ball is for sissies, isn't it? Twenty20 has seen to that. Leave a ball there and you are ridiculed for life. In 50-over cricket, beyond the opening overs, only the supremely gifted like Mahendra Singh Dhoni can leave early in their innings, safe in the knowledge that their power can recapture the required rate later on...And the Decision Review System has also meant that batsmen are often reluctant to stand in front of their stumps unless they really have to.
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