Wrong call: Leave cricket's toss of the coin alone

18 May 2018 5:20 AM

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Darren Lehmann may no longer be coach of the Australian side but he could not have said it better when questioned whether the coin toss would be important heading into last year's tour of India.

"We won four tosses last time we were here and lost 4-0. You've still got to play well if you win a toss," he said.

While there is merit in examining whether the coin toss should be axed for the first time in 141 years of Test cricket, something the International Cricket Council's cricket committee will debate on May 28-29, it's not necessarily the panacea for administrators in terms of encouraging more wins by touring nations.

Don't forget England won the toss four times here last summer and lost each Test. Steve Smith's only decision came in Melbourne, opting to bat first on a drop-in pitch which later was rated "poor" by the ICC, the match having finished in a docile draw.

Joe Root made the right call to bat first in Brisbane but England managed only a middling 302. Root would again have the call in Adelaide and this time opted to bowl first, hoping his seamers, notably Jimmy Anderson, would trouble the hosts under lights with the pink ball. Instead, their line was too short, a tactic Anderson later bemoaned, and Australia would get away, declaring their first innings on 8-442. The Ashes were as good as gone. In Perth and Sydney, the tourists failed to put at least 450 on the board in their first innings.

As Lehmann said, you have got to "play well" regardless of the coin toss.

Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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