The Cricket Paper - - OPINION -

THE toss rule in the County Cham­pi­onship, where visit­ing teams get the op­tion of bowl­ing first, will con­tinue in 2017 and it’s great to see the ECB be­ing proac­tive.

It’s about try­ing to build for Test cricket but it was tough for bowlers this sea­son. Maybe they will bring in the new ball a bit ear­lier be­cause we all want to see con­tests be­tween bat and ball.There were too many matches be­ing dom­i­nated by the bat this sum­mer.

I re­mem­ber when Ti­flex balls were used and it was so tough for open­ing bats­men.We don’t quite want to see that again but we want more bal­ance.

Bats­men should still have the up­per hand, to make the bowlers work harder, but there were too many dou­ble hun­dreds in the early part of the year.We did see more re­sults as the sea­son went on so cap­tains and grounds­men were ad­just­ing.

Spin­ners, such as Jack Leach and Jee­tan Pa­tel, had suc­cess­ful sea­sons so the idea it would helps spin­ners can be seen as work­ing. But after the trial of this sea­son, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the 2017 sea­son goes.

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