New rules to make cricket fair: England to get an electric wickie for second test LORDS, Wednesday:
Following the crushing defeat of England in the first test, the International Cricket Council has imposed a new set of rules to make the contest more even. The new rules were formulated in conjunction with James Miller, 9, of Haberfield and his school friends.
As a result, England has been granted an electric wickie, freeing up wicket keeper Alec Stewart to defend the boundary. Under the rule, Australian batsmen will be deemed out "caught behind" if the ball snicks their bat and lands in the immediate area behind the wicket.
The rule is a compromise from the original England proposal which had pushed for electric slips as well. The ICC refused that request on the grounds that "someone has to go and get the ball when an Australian misses it."
In addition, Australia is under strict "tip and run" restrictions which require they take a run off every ball they hit.
Following his performance in the first test Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has "six and out" restrictions imposed on him. As well, following complaints from English fieldsman, Gilchrist will have to get the ball if it goes across the road.
Instead of using a bat, Australian captain Steve Waugh will now be obliged to use his arm with jumper wrappeda round it.
New rules for England include "one hand, one bounce" while they are fielding, and the provision of "last manc arries" when they are batting.
Steve Waugh has vigorously opposed the "last man carries" rule and has launched an appeal. Waugh says Australia will only agree to the rule if there are electric wickets at the end, allowing Aussie fielders to throw to the stumps at either end.
The England medium pace bowler, Ashley Giles, will also be allowed to wrap the ball's seam with electrical tape when he's bowling in the second innings.
The spokesperson added there will be "no LB" for England batsmen unless "it is really, really obvious."
Glenn McGrath has conceded that its "fair enough" that he has to bowl underarm (but not molly grubbers) toE ngland's tail end.
Despite the changes, Australia remains firm favourites going into the Second Test, paying �1.12, while an England win is currently paying �1.3 trillion.