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    Go away you tosser

    I thought I'd seen everything, but the ECB is always ready.

    ECB may scrap the toss in County Championship Division Two - BBC Sport

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    I've actually always liked this idea.
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    I don't think I'd heard the idea until Cribbage mentioned it a year or so ago. Then Michael Holding ran with it in a debate on Sky in the summer.

    I think it's worth trialling.
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    I think the biggest downside could be the fact that pitches that are the 'fairest' and don't favour either batting or bowling first tend to be the ones that don't change in character much throughout the game at all, and those pitches tend to be roads.
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    Wonder how this would work over a test series. Awarding every toss to the visitor over the course of a series may take it a little too far. Alternating would just encourage serious doctoring on every second wicket.

    Would def annoy countries that typically give too much advantage to winning the toss like Australia, India, Australia and not New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    I think the biggest downside could be the fact that pitches that are the 'fairest' and don't favour either batting or bowling first tend to be the ones that don't change in character much throughout the game at all, and those pitches tend to be roads.
    A pitch that doesn't change over 5 days aids whoever bats first. Scoreboard pressure. A fair pitch would have just a bit of juice to stop batting first being a no-brainer as it is currently.
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    Any proposed system would also have to pass the C9 incredulity test, where they are confused as to the need for it, explain it wrong and then get all worked up based on some misunderstanding. So that counts out something like awarding only every second toss to the visitor or anything remotely complicated.

    Not to mention the outrage at the inference that Aus pitches were anything but fair and even making such a system necessary, unlike those nasty English that put grass on the wicket so there's swing and seam. Who US? Nooooooooo. I still remember how incensed C9 were when the ICC stopped local umpires officiating their own countries' games.
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    I've got it!

    A four sided 'coin' with a cricket related symbol on each side (bat, ball, bail, box) and the home captain calls. System = done.


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    if they roll "box" do they have to stand in a net with no pads facing the opposition opening bowler? might improve viewership figures

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    Home team gets to doctor the pitch, away team gets to doctor the ball.

    then hills or flats

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    Yeah, remember reading about this proposal before on CW. All for it.
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    Seems like a bit of a strange environment to test the idea. Whether you're at home or away doesn't have much impact on the result in second division cricket (certainly not compared to internationals). Things that effect the result there are generally 'are you playing more than 4 medium pace bowlers' or 'are you playing against Leicestershire'.
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