Following the humiliating innings defeat at Headingley, the International Cricket Council have changed the rules ahead of the next test match at the Oval in 9 days time. England, who were upset due to the difficulty of the game, had written to the ICC hoping for some rule changes, to allow an even playing field when playing the vastly superior Australian side.
The changes made by the ICC have altered the game to it's purest form, Quik Cricket. Andrew Strauss, speaking earlier, was delighted with the rule changes. "It's great that the ICC have taken on board our concerns. Hopefully with the new 'Can't be out first ball' rule Ravi Bopara will at least face two balls".
While the 'Can't be out first ball' rule will strengthen England's batting, efforts have also been made to cancel out Australia's dominant batting line up. The 'One Hand, One Bounce' rule will apply, and should give fielders a greater chance while Ricky Ponting is in full flow. The 'Six and Out' rule will also cut down on runs which the England bowling attack are leaking. Notoriously rubbish bowler Sajid Mahmood is being lined up to fully utilise the Six and Out rule. Fielding teams will need to be on their guard to run-out batsmen who are forced to take risky singles due to the 'Hit and Run' rule.
Strauss is hoping to call up Quik Cricket specialists, including veteran Mark Ramprakash, whos proven temprament at Test level has made him an obvious candidate for England's