CANBERRA， July 5 (Xinhua) -- Cricketing legend and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said the use of oversized bats needs to be banned from Test cricket， citing concerns about player safety and an imbalance between bat improvement and ball improvement as a growing problem in the game.
Ponting， 41， said the use of super-light but thick bats was fine for use in the exciting Twenty20 format， but for Test cricket it gives the batsmen an unfair advantage.
The former Australian captain， who found himself in hot water during his playing career for using graphite-backed bats， said Test matches were becoming dominated by high scores.
"I don't mind (the big bats) for the shorter versions of the game，" Ponting told News Corp on Tuesday.
"The short forms of the game survive on boundaries fours and sixes whereas the Test game is being dominated too much now by batters because the game is a bit easier for them than it was."
"I would actually say (there should be) a bat you can use in Test cricket and a certain type of bat you can use in one-day cricket and T20 cricket."
Ponting said he didn't blame the players for exploring the use of super bats for use in matches， but said it was up to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to determine whether or not matches were being swayed too much in favor of batting teams.
He said while bats were continually being refined and improved， cricket balls were limited in the amount of improvement in performance for bowlers.
"I don't know how they are doing it to make the size of bats they are making now，" Ponting told News Corp.
"The modern day bats and weight in particular -- it's just a completely different game."
"I am going in a couple of weeks for a World Cricket Committee meeting and that will be one of the topics talked about."
"Full credit to the (players). If they are there use them， if there's a better golf club or tennis racquet everyone will use it. It's nothing against the players."
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EDINBURGH， Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese giant pandas Yang Guang and Tian Tian living at Edinburgh Zoo Thursday were treated with a selection of tasty ice lollies for their upcoming birthday celebration.
Born on Aug. 14 and Aug. 24 respectively and both turning 13 years old this month， Yang Guang and Tian Tian thoroughly enjoyed their treats， which were made from mushed up apple and water plus their favourite item of food bamboo used as a popsicle stick， said the press release from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) that owns the Zoo.
The pandas immediately got their paws on the panda-sicles and whilst neatly holding the bamboo stick， slowly started to nibble on the novel frozen treat， it added.
"Yang Guang and Tian Tian really enjoyed their frozen treats. Tian Tian preferred to enjoy her ice lolly outside， whilst Yang Guang wanted to eat his lolly inside instead. It was the very first time that we tried making panda-friendly ice lollies， but the keepers were delighted to see the two pandas picking up the lollies and enjoying them. Whilst pandas are known for having a predominantly bamboo-based diet， they do also enjoy special treats of fresh fruit and vegetables， as well as honey and specially made panda cake，"said Darren McGarry， Head of Living Collections at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
"The ice lollies are a fantastic form of enrichment， with the cold ice providing a sensory stimulation. Enrichment forms an important part of our animals' care and we always ensure we provide the animals with a wide and varying enrichment program." he added.
The two pandas have celebrated their previous birthdays at the Edinburgh Zoo with special panda cakes and beautiful handmade bamboo number structures as well as a tiered ice cake.
Whilst recent survey estimates show that wild giant panda populations are increasing， there is still a long way to go to ensure the future survival of the endangered iconic species， said the press release.
The RZSS is currently facilitating 40 giant panda-related research projects worldwide， through funding， part-funding and collaborations， it added.
Yang Guang and Tian Tian arrived at the Zoo on Dec. 4， 2011 from China for a 10-year exchange program. Enditem
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