Playing well: that's how to win Tests, not scrapping the toss

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Next summer's Ashes series in England could be the first in 141 years of Test cricket to be played without the toss taking place as the International Cricket Council considers ways to reduce the impact of home advantage in its World Test Championship. It is being said that the decision to do away with the toss will perhaps provide a proper balance and help the visiting teams touring another country for a Test match series. The coin is flipped by the home captain and the call is made by the visiting skipper.

The coin toss idea is similar to the format introduced to English county cricket two years ago where the visiting team now has the option of bowling first or opting for a traditional toss.

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann had argued that the biggest threat to Test Cricket was not in fact T20s but the changing nature of what kind of pitches are held as the norm in Test matches. "Put simply, those surfaces are either far too bland or, conversely, are far too heavily weighted in favour of the home side". What you need to do now is to make sure you have even contests between bat and ball.

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On may 28, ICC will sit down for a meeting to discuss and debate the aspects of coin tosses.

If reports filtering out from ICC parleys have flavour to it, this step could well be taken to level the playing field by allowing the visiting captains to decide what they want to do before a match commences.

A new global coaches representative on the committee, which features Anil Kumble, Andrew Strauss, Mahela Jayawardene, Rahul Dravid, Tim May, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, the umpire Richard Kettleborough, ICC match referees chief Ranjan Madugalle, Shaun Pollock and Clare Connor, will be decided before the May 28-29 meeting. "I don't mind the authorities looking at some other options". Why should one be scared about losing the match?

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