Former Australia batsman Dean Jones wants mega maximums to count as eight runs

Sudhir Gupta 26/05/2018
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Gayle is one of the biggest hitters in the world. Image: BCCI.

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones wants deliveries that are hit longer than 85 metres to count as eight runs rather than six.

“The only innovation I’d like to see is that we are very good with technology, so every six hit over 85 metres should be an eight,” Jones was quoted as saying by AFP.

Jones said power hitters like West Indie star Chris Gayle can add more excitement to batting if the incentive is there.

“They love Chris Gayle and all these boys that hit (the ball) miles. Same in golf, they love Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy who hit 350 meters,” said Jones.

“If the game is on the line and they want eight and hit it over 85 metres, and you are hoping Gayle, (Andre) Russell or (Kieron) Pollard are there, it goes for eight.”

The former opening batsman said rules of the game have changed regularly over the years and should continue to do so.

“If you cleared the pickets in the 1870s or early 1880s it used to be a five and to get a six you had to clear the ground proper,” said Jones.

“Australia’s Joe Darling hit the first six in a Test in 1898. He cleared the ground.”

The law was changed around 1910 to make it six runs if the ball went over the boundary.

However, Jones didn’t say if a similar incentive should be given to the others as well. For example, should a bowler get more than one wicket if he uproots the stumps? Or what about the fielder who takes a one-handed diving catch?

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Steve Smith named as a marquee player for the Global T20 in Canada

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Steve Smith is set to play in Canada

Disgraced former Australia cricket captain Steve Smith is set to return to the sport after being named a marquee player for the Global T20 in Canada.

The batsman will headline the league alongside a crop of big names including fellow Australia international Chris Lynn and a number of West Indies stars.

Smith, who was sacked as captain and banned for a year over a ball-tampering plot, has been cleared to play in domestic tournaments outside Australia by its cricket governing body.

According to cricket.com.au, David Warner has also been tipped to join the tournament, which begins on June 28.
Warner, like his former skipper, is suspended from professional cricket following the controversy which engulfed the Cape Town Test against South Africa in March.

The opener, who is banned from state and international cricket, is due to play domestic matches for Sydney grade club Randwick Petersham in the autumn.

Cameron Bancroft, who was banned for nine months over his part in the ball-tampering scandal, has also been cleared to play grade cricket.

The affair also led to the departure of head coach Darren Lehmann and an intense period of soul-searching among the Australian cricket community.

Earlier this month Smith announced he had returned Down Under after spending time in the US and vowed to win back the trust of his country.

“I have had some time away to come to terms with everything and now it’s time to get back into it,” he said.

The Toronto tournament will comprise six teams due to be announced on May 30.

Five of the six teams will represent Canadian cities – Edmonton Royals, Montreal Tigers, Toronto Nationals, Vancouver Knights and Winnipeg Hawks.

A cricket West Indies representative team, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo, will complete the field.

Other international players on the marquee list are South African David Miller, Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.

The teams will play 22 matches culminating in playoffs and a championship match will be held on July 16.

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Australia secures new sponsor as ball-tampering scandal subsides

David Cooper 23/05/2018
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Cricket Australia clinched a major sponsorship deal, defying any concerns over a possible fall-out from the ball-tampering scandal earlier in the year.

Alinta Energy signed a four-year shirt sponsorship deal with the Australian board on Wednesday. The Western Australia-based company secured rights to have its name on shirts for all international matches played in Australia.

According to AFP, Alinta Energy replaced Qantas Airways even as the carrier remained a sponsor for overseas tours.

The ball-tampering scandal in South Africa this year led to bans for then captain Steve Smith, David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

In the aftermath, fund manager Magellan ended its contract for Australia’s domestic Tests matches.

However, Alinta Energy chief Jeff Dimery said: “Australian cricket is an institution that will continue to engage and inspire us, and we’re proud to be backing the sport from the community to elite level for the next four years.”

Earlier, Cricket Australia had sold its domestic cricket broadcast rights to Fox Sports and Seven for a record $918 million in a six year deal.

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