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Bails

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Two bails and three stumps make up a wicket. Bails, which are circular in section and must be made entirely of wood, rest in a groove cut in the top of the stumps. The length of a bail used in senior cricket is 4 5/16 inches (10.95 cm) and, in junior cricket, 3 13/16 inches (9.68 cm).
If it's a windy day, causing the balls to be blown from the top of the stumps, umpires will usually try to use heavier bails that they should carry with them. If that fails they can agree to dispense with bails completely. If they decide to do this the bails should be removed from both sets of stumps.