Haha. Gelman's right, of course, that there's a million more stupid things than this written every day, but it's still pretty funny, TBH.
I am in, so to speak, the court
of "how on Earth can a squash-ball possibly help", though.
And TBH, stupid though this complaint may be, and much as it's blatantly obvious that it's nothing more than an attempt to find some way to discredit an Australia, if it's perceived that it helped Gilchrist here it's unlikely to be long before godzillions of others are trying it. And the outcome of that can only be two... it's banned or it's legalised.
And TBH, I struggle to see how such a thing could be policed if it were banned... it'd be as stupid as trying to ban fielders from sucking mints.