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ICC throw out boundary countback rule

14th October 2019, 20:18 by Neil Foster

The ICC have abolished the boundary countback rule that gave England such a dramatic World Cup final victory over the summer.

Ben Stokes' superb knock ensured England and New Zealand had to play a super over at Lord's and, when that ended with 15 runs to each nation, the Three Lions were awarded the trophy courtesy of having hit more boundaries during the match.

The Black Caps accepted the situation with their usual grace but it seemed a harsh way for the Kiwis to lose after such an epic battle.

The authorities agreed and the boundary countback rule has been abolished in ICC events, with the super over set to be repeated until one team has scored more than the other to determine the winner.

One other change from the meeting in Dubai is that the super over will now also be played in the group stage of the World Cup, and should that be tied then the match will be declared a draw.

The ICC said the super over is "an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game and will remain in place covering all games at both ODI and T20I World Cups".

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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