Don't think Super Over is needed in a one-day game: Ross Taylor

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Published on: Jun 26, 2020

Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has stated that there is nothing wrong with both teams sharing the World Cup in case of a tie, and that a Super Over is not necessary to choose one winner. As everyone is aware, England were declared winners of the 2019 World Cup despite tying the final as well as the Super Over. Hosts England were named champions on the basis of a controversial boundary count rule.

"I'm still undecided in a Super Over in a one-day game, I think one-day cricket is played over such a long time that I have no problems in a tie being a tie," Taylor told ESPNCricinfo.

"In T20, to continually go on is the right way to go. A bit like football or some other games, trying to get that win in, but I don't think the Super Over is necessarily needed in a one-day game. I think you can have a joint winner," he added.

The 36-year-old, who has featured in 232 ODIs and averages nearly 49 with 21 hundreds, revealed that he had no idea there would be a Super Over in the World Cup final. "During the World Cup I actually went up to the umpires to say 'good game', I didn't even know there was a Super Over. A tie is a tie, I suppose you could have this argument either way, but in a one-day game I think if you can go 100 overs and still have someone equal at the end I don't think a tie is a bad thing," he stated.

Following massive criticism from all around over the decision to declare England World winners on the basis of the boundary count rule, the International Cricket Council (ICC) modified the rules, and will now allow repeated Super Overs in the semifinals and final until the winner is decided.

New Zealand have lost seven out of eight Super Overs in the two limited overs versions. "One over across 50 overs or 20 overs is tough to swallow, but if we are in that same situation we still back ourselves. First and foremost you have to try and win the game in the allocated time.

"We haven't been able to be ruthless enough there, and if we can do that and not even let it get into a Super Over then hopefully the right results comes," Taylor admitted about Kiwis’ Super Over woes.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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