The visiting captain will be given the option of bowling first prior to the toss. If he accepts, no toss. If he rejects they'll have the toss as normal. This will occur in both divisions of the county championship.
A smaller change but the ECB have made helmets mandatory too, even when facing spin or slower bowling. Also applies to wicketkeepers standing up to the stumps and fielders within a certain distance of middle stump.
This, I think, is not as good. Teams won't want to encourage bowl-first pitches, so there'll be emphasis on preparing bat-first pitches, leading to potentially more bore-draws and the like. Boo.
It's certainly a risk. But that could it turn encourage more bowlers who bowl to take wickets, rather than expecting the conditions to do it for them. If this means more attacking spinners and pace bowlers rather than medium pace and dart bowlers, then it could be good. Either way, it's not the worst experiment I've ever heard.
Balladeer: Happy new year and Christmas and all that to all. (Sorry - again, I mostly browse on mobile, so didn't see your earlier wishes!)
Dec 31, 2020 8:55:05 GMT
Mattzo: I hope you are all well, and good luck for 2021.
Dec 29, 2020 20:14:16 GMT
nemouk: Merry Boxing Day Test Eve!
Dec 25, 2020 12:59:41 GMT
waughandpeace: Merry Christmas all, and a happy new year - fingers crossed we'll all be back watching more cricket in 21
Dec 25, 2020 2:01:50 GMT
pierredelafranchesca: Gale and Pyrah to support Lions as coaches.....OK, i mean Gale has been shit for Yorks and is potentially neck deep in this racism case, but sure why not. In fact, keep the useless prick.
Dec 1, 2020 14:52:55 GMT
Balladeer: Definitely needed to be a thread. I came up with one of the same answers as you because I can't see the chatbox on mobile.
Jun 22, 2020 16:14:58 GMT