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ICC change Super Over rule that helped England win World Cup

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The International Cricket Council have announced changes to the way that tied matches at their events will be decided.

Going forward, if a semi-final or final at an ICC event features a tied Super Over – a six-ball shootout that takes place if the match is tied – the Super Over will be repeated until one team has outscored the other.

The changes follow on from England’s victory over New Zealand in the 2019 Cricket World Cup final in which the tournament hosts defeated New Zealand due to a superior boundary count after both the match and subsequent Super Over were tied.

The final at Lord’s saw England and New Zealand both score 241 to send the match into a Super Over. New Zealand then equalled England’s Super Over total of 15, but it was England who lifted the trophy having hit 26 boundaries in the match, nine more than New Zealand.

The Super Over will also take place if group-stage matches are tied, but there is a difference: if the six-ball shootout is tied, the match will be tied.

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