15 Oct 2019

ICC to change rule on boundary countback

8:49 am on 15 October 2019

The International Cricket Council has announced plans to change the rules of the super over which saw England beat New Zealand in the world cup final on boundaries in July.

Kane Williamson after the World Cup loss.

Kane Williamson after World Cup final. Photo: Photosport

England secured a first Cricket World Cup triumph by the narrowest of all margins at Lord's, when both sides had been tied at 241 runs following the regulation 50 overs.

England then went on to make 15 in their six-ball shoot-out, which was matched by New Zealand, meaning the hosts were crowned world champions after having scored more boundaries, fours and sixes, during the match.

The detail of the tie-break regulations - which had only occurred 11 times in international history and never before in a one-day international - drew some criticism.

The world governing body also confirmed changes, which will now see any super over in a final repeated until one side has more runs.

"Following on from a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, the Chief Executives' Committee agreed that use of the super over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained," an ICC statement read following a board meeting in Dubai.

"Both the Cricket Committee and CEC agreed it was an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game and will remain in place covering all games at both ODI and T20 World Cups.

"In group stages, if the Super Over is tied the match will be tied.

"In semi-finals and finals, there is one change to the super over regulation in keeping with the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win, the super over will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other."


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