Recently, there was a massive ruckus when the MCC suggested that the toss should be scrapped, in order to maintain the competitive spirit in cricket. There were a few legends of the game that supported the theory, one being former Australian captain and two-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting. The concept has been now backed by Australia’s head coach Darren Lehmann, who feels that the toss should be scrapped.
“That is one that should definitely come into cricket, where the opposition gets the right to choose what they want to do,” Lehmann said. “I reckon it will stop all the wickets suiting the home team. “As you saw in Perth, the wickets don’t suit how we want to play sometimes and in Australia, in general, the wickets have been fantastic for years, it doesn’t really matter on the toss, who wins or not. But in some other places it certainly has a big bearing on the game.”
Lehmann also supported the four-day test matches concept and said, “I thought it was a great concept.” “It was probably over a little bit quick for my liking in terms of the game but it was exciting for three days and it could have gone either way. Maybe a little less grass [on the pitch] and maybe get the ball a little bit darker in the seam, but it’s only a little bit of tweaking. I was quite impressed by it. I know the fans loved it. We have just got to make it better.”