Originally Posted by zaremba
It makes sense for a batsman who realises that he's not going to make it to safety. If you can't get home, get in the fielder's way. Ever seen a batsman deliberately get in the way of the throw? Same sort of thing. Elliott knew that there was a pretty high chance of being run out, and his change of direction was an act of desperation.
Anyhow even if I'm wrong about that (and I don't expect many of the Kiwis here to agree with me), the fact remains that the bowler has the right of way, and it's the batsman's job to get out of the road. So the batsman has little cause for complaint if there's a collision.
If I remember it correctly from the replay the other day the batsman tried to avoid the players coming in for the ball and the bowler. Missed a couple but not all of them.
If Elliott can think quick enough to take off for a run, sum up the situation and assume that he won't make it and the fielder will hit the stumps, and then engineer a collison he's a genius.