Waugh agrees with idea to scrap the toss


Former Australia captain Steve Waugh agrees with fellow former skipper Ricky Ponting, and West Indies great Michael Holding, that a toss ahead of a Test match could reasonably be scrapped.

Ponting proposed during the Ashes that the toss give way to the away skipper choosing what he wants to do. That way, the home side's advantage of having prepared the pitch to their liking will be negated.

Waugh was quoted as saying by APA about the idea: "I don't mind that, I think that's not such a bad thing.

"At the end of the day I think there's probably too much emphasis placed on the toss and the conditions away from home. I don't mind the authorities looking at some other options."

Holding, the former Windies paceman, agreed with Ponting, writing on Wisden India: "The concerned authorities must look at what Ricky Ponting suggested – no more tosses.

"The minor setback there in my opinion, is that tosses are big for television. It makes for good tension, everyone is focused on that coin when it's in the air and the winning captain's decision and so on.

"But that isn't relevant now, times have changed and interest is waning in Test match cricket. What you need to do now is to make sure you have even contests between bat and ball.

"For that, there should be no toss and the visiting captain should be allowed to decide what he wants to do after inspecting the pitch."