Australia approves split one-day innings format

Australia has approved a new trial format for its limited-overs cricket tournament that will see split innings and 12 named players per side.

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Published: Fri 13 Aug 2010, 2:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:18 AM

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Friday that the modified format was developed following a “strong message from fans that one-day cricket is their favorite format but it needs refreshing to retain that status.”

Features of the new format in the 31-match one-day cup tournament this year will see each team receive 45 overs, with split innings of 20 and 25 overs and a maximum of 12 overs by one bowler.

There will be no batting power plays but new revised fielding restrictions will be put in place.

Earlier this week in the northern city of Darwin, Cricket Australia held an experimental match ahead of Friday’s board meeting. Tasmania beat South Australia state by six wickets in a match in which each team was allocated two 20-over innings on an alternating basis.

Cricket Australia is aiming to re-ignite interest in the traditional limited-overs game — which gives each team 50 overs to bat and 50 overs to field — amid the booming popularity of Twenty20.

“We have listened to the public, undertaken comprehensive consultation across Australian cricket and developed a format which we now want to test thoroughly this summer,” Sutherland said in a statement.

The final format was approved by the Cricket Australia board Friday on the recommendation of CA’s Playing Conditions Committee, which met Wednesday.

Voting members of the playing committee include former players Mark Taylor, Matthew Hayden, Greg Chappell and Shane Warne.

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