Strauss feels that points based system will connect the three formats of the game

Strauss feels that points based system will connect the three formats of the game
Andrew Strauss feels the points based system will generate a greater interest towards the game.
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Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss has voiced his support for the points-based scoring system for multi-format cricket and said that it will connect the three forms of the game.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have opted to use the points based scoring system for the current campaign against Sri Lanka and the later series against Pakistan.

While Strauss admits that the importance of Test cricket remains paramount, he reasoned that the move to trial the points based system is taken keeping in mind the larger interests of the game.

"We know that Test cricket is well supported in this country," he said.

"We know that every English player takes the format incredibly seriously and I can’t see that changing.

"But we also know that Test cricket is being challenged around the world and I certainly feel a responsibility - I think everyone involved in the game should feel a responsibility - to make sure it remains relevant.

"The rationale is that the game of cricket is evolving unbelievably quickly.

"We feel a responsibility to ensure the international game develops and evolves and, central to that, is context and relevance for every game of cricket."

The former England skipper also feels that the points-based scoring system will be very effective in giving relevance to all the three formats of the game.

Another advantage of the points based system according Strauss is that the fans of each format will feel connected to the other formats.

"We believe the Super Series will provide that context and relevance by connecting the formats and ensuring that every game counts for something more than just itself.

"The advantages of this are that, first of all, there is that context and, secondly, fans of a certain format will hopefully feel more connected to the other formats.

"Also our players in very different and quite separate teams will feel more connected to each other so two separate white-ball and red-ball teams will be connected by something greater than their own immediate interests."

However, Strauss clarified that the points-based system in the upcoming summer season will not decide the individual series awards, which the teams will win for winning the series in the respective formats.

"This doesn’t replace any of the individual series awards this summer.

"So there will still be a Test series victory, one-day series and the T20 match as well.

"But it sits on top of that, wraps around it and creates something bigger to aim for.

"We are quite happy for this to grow organically; we are not pushing it massively.

"We want people to understand that greater relevance through the course of the summer and it is something that resonates with people as the summer goes on."

In the points-based scoring system, four points will be given for a Test win while two will be awarded to each team if a match is drawn.

Meanwhile, two points will be given for wins in the limited overs formats while a tied or abandoned match will give each team one point each.

The point values mirror those that have been used in the Women's Ashes series, which switched to a multi-format series comprising one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is in 2013.

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