Have you noticed a vogue among cricket commentators? When a batsman – please, God, never a batter – gets out, we sometimes get told that in the opinion of the commentator, the problem is one of ‘execution.’ This apparently means that the fault lay in the manner in which the player sought to play the shot – ‘execute’ it – rather than in choosing the kind of shot to be played. I wonder about that. Can we break down the component parts of action sports in that manner? And if we can, why do we not hear it done in say golf, tennis and football? Sometimes these verbal fads lead to assaults on language.
An inquiry by a respected former judge or panel of independent experts, looking at the ‘balance of probabilities’ in this case may not be the perfect answer, but it may be the only viable option left available to deliver some closure in this unusual case.
David Speers, ABC, 4 March, 2021
Whatever might be the subject of any inquiry, it is extremely unlikely that the test would be the balance of probabilities. Even in a civil claim for damages for rape, the standard of proof would be so much higher.