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Tosser

As the third Ashes test makes its predictable way towards another no-win situation for Engerland, I note that once again Alastair Cook lost the toss of the coin. He must be the worst tosser in world cricket.

This releases a bee from my bonnet, or would do if I wore one. The toss, and with it the choice of whether to bat or bowl first, gives  a great advantage to whoever wins it. Matches and series can be won and lost on it, and if one skipper loses five times in a row, well tough on him. Wouldn’t it be fairer all round if there was only one coin toss, at the start of a series, with the choice, to bat or bowl first, alternating thereafter?

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  1. Eddie
    December 15, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Periodically I notice on the front page of the blog, posts from 2 or 3 years ago.

    Is there a fault with the system?

  2. December 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    No, just hit the home button.

  3. Chris Munro
    December 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I think in theory that’s a great idea, the only issue I’d have with that is, currently groundsmem prepare a relatively ‘straight’ wickets on the basis that they don’t know who’s going to bat or bowl. Take that uncertainty away and then the home team would have a massive advantage from game two onwards. Home team batting, prepare a dead flat track. Home team bowling, leave it green and damp. You’d then get the usual it’s not fair the worlds against us. It would then prompt another whole level of officials – the dreaded pitch monitor. Then the ‘expert’ analysis that would follow. Actually it might be fun

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