London - England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow feels that there needs
to be clarity when it comes to regulations that control sledging.
Bairstow doesn't want to see verbal sparring taken out of
the game completely but in the light of the recent events in South Africa
recognized the need for clear guidelines on what can and can't be said on the
Australia vice-captain David Warner and Proteas wicketkeeper
Quinton de Kock had to be kept apart in a stairwell at Kingsmead last week with
the Australian claiming that the South African said something 'vile and
disgusting' about his wife.
Speaking from New Zealand where England and their hosts are
locked at 2-2 in their ODI series, Bairstow told Sky Sports: "Where do you
draw the line at personal? Where do you draw the line at swearing? There's so
many grey areas with it.
"There's got to be clear guidelines of that. They're
not going to sit well with every individual and you don't want to take it to
the nth degree where you're taking out the enjoyment for the players or
Bairstow also feels that when it comes to stump microphones,
standardization is needed to prevent players being unfairly singled out.
He added: "If they're picking up everything said round
the bat all the time then they need to be kept on all the time, turning them up
and down and people being able to hack into them on different frequencies and
get what they want [is not right].
"It's a difficult thing to have because then you just
get people getting stitched up for no reason.
"If three guys around the bat say 'right we're going to
fabricate a story' to make something sound like something has happened for it
to then blow up and get on the front pages of the papers then that's not