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    Ok with the shot clock.

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    I like penalty runs for slow over rates, no excuses to deprive the fans their full due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bijed View Post
    Dukes ball as standard

    Yeah, fair enough
    I`m not so convinced that a Duke ball in SA is a good thing at the moment. The pitches are tough enough without the ball swinging a mile though the air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    I`m not so convinced that a Duke ball in SA is a good thing at the moment. The pitches are tough enough without the ball swinging a mile though the air.
    Prepare better pitches and let Maharaj do something for once. He'll have forgotten how to bowl completely soon.
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    Ewww at the free hit thing.

    Though Dukes >>> Kookaburra.
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    Quite like the shot clock idea. In a perfect world it wouldn't be necessary but for decades players (and in terms of enforcement, umpires) have been totally incapable of adhering to required rates so this may be the only option.

    Re: the free hit rule, only way that could be viable would be if technology came in that would guarantee every no-ball was picked up, otherwise just is a big mess. Not really in favour of it anyway.

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    90 individual countdown clocks a day would be very distracting for me I think.

    Don't really like the other proposals either. Free hits in tests can go suck a lemon

    Duke balls I could get on board with because it helps my team, but it removes a little of the variety in test cricket that makes it such a compelling game in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfighter View Post
    The best thing for test cricket viewership would be for it to be on free-to-air and to not charge through the nose for a ticket like certain countries *cough*England*cough*.
    Not many people have the time to go to a game for two days, nevermind a full five.

    Stream test cricket live, for free, on YouTube - people can and will watch it at work; might also get a crowd who couldn't go to the game to be interested.

    Mind you, that will probably bring in Pepsi wickets etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Ewww at the free hit thing.

    Though Dukes >>> Kookaburra.
    Well the Dukes in 2019 is having the seam flattened so it will be more like the Kookaburra ball. This is mainly to help batsmen who play cc cricket at the beginning and end of the season. I suppose these Dukes will be also used for Tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBU View Post
    Well the Dukes in 2019 is having the seam flattened so it will be more like the Kookaburra ball. This is mainly to help batsmen who play cc cricket at the beginning and end of the season. I suppose these Dukes will be also used for Tests.
    Stupid. The current ball is the best thing about English cricket, it's not the ball's fault the ECB wants their corporate bonuses so they fill the summer with LO trash.


    Also where'd you hear about this?
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    Countdown clock on each ball might work.

    It would stop the batsman faffing about delaying the bowler.

    Might show if the bowler is back at his mark and the captain is holding up play setting the field.

    Or is the bowler just being lazy not getting back to his mark.

    Worth a thought

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    Standardizing Duke balls is monopoly promotion. Need to spell out strict standards and let individual boards tender it out.

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    I still think my idea of letting the teams choose whichever ball they want is by far and away the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starfighter View Post
    Stupid. The current ball is the best thing about English cricket, it's not the ball's fault the ECB wants their corporate bonuses so they fill the summer with LO trash.


    Also where'd you hear about this?
    Pringle in the Cricket Paper.
    Good article in it by Dilip Jajodia owner of Dukes who is not in favour of the idea of a standardised ball for Tests
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    Free hits in Tests is something I've always wanted. In an intense bowler dominated test match where 200 is a par score and batsmen are struggling to get bat to ball, it is a really exciting prospect imo. It does nothing for a t20 where batsmen are going to go for it anyway, but in tests it's going to be fun because batsmen are going to play shots that they normally wouldn't play.

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