Visitors' choice as coin toss is put in peril

The coin toss could well have had its day

The coin toss could well have had its day. Cricket Test toss off? Ashes may herald end of era

As things stand, the home team captain flips the coin and the visiting captain calls heads or tails.

Any move to remove the toss, which would reportedly see the away team simply given the choice to bat or bowl first, would not quite follow the change made in County Championship games two summers ago, where visiting teams are given the chance to bowl first or opt for a traditional toss.

Under those conditions India would not have been able to refuse to play a day-night Test on their tour to Australia. Producing tracks like that is the surest way to kill off the format.

Should global cricket "toss away" the toss to ensure an even playing field?

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According to ESPNCricinfo, the ICC's cricket committee will debate removing the toss when it meets in Mumbai at the end of May. CA CEO James Sutherland too had tried to convince the BCCI to play the Day-Night Test besides saying that the home team should have the right to schedule matches "as it sees fit". "The minor setback there in my opinion, is that tosses are big for television".

"Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be". Ricky Ponting said that coin tosses should not matter and focus should be on even contest between bat and ball.

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.

Waugh, who as Australian captain from 1999 to 2004 did much to reduce the perceived influence of the coin toss by often sending opponents in to bat first in defiance of conventional wisdom, has argued the psychological effect could be significant. The average score for the first innings was 332, slightly up from 325 in 2015. Why should one be scared about losing the match?

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