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New one-day regulations were trialled today for the first time in the Natwest Challenge match between England and Australia. Substitues will be able to do more than just fielding and certain fielding restrictions have been changed.
Each team will designate a 12th man who will be able to bat or bowl. The change will be announced over the PA system and details of the change shown on the giant screen. Fielding restrictions will now be in place for the first ten overs of the innings – rather than 15 at present – but there will be two blocks of five overs later on in the innings where the regulations come back into effect, although there will be no need for the two close catchers at that point. These overs will be known as the Powerplay Fives, and will be taken by the fielding captain at his discretion.
Source – Cricinfo.com
England won the match comprehensively by 9 wickets. During the Aussie innings Collingwood bagged 4 wickets running through the Aussie middle order. Chasing 220 for victory England got home in 46 overs losing just 1 wicekt. Trescothick scored 104* and Vaughan offered great support by scoring 59*.
The new regulations were tested as the England substitute Solanki came in for Simon Jones in the 33rd over of the Aussie innings after Jones completed his 10 overs. Aussie substitute Hogg came in for Hayden in the 22nd over of the England innings.
Both England and Australia took overs 11-15 and 16-20 as their Powerplay fives while fielding.
These new regulations add variety to the one-day game making it more interesting to watch. Future games will be really interesting to see how teams make maximum use of the substitutes to change the course of the match though substitutes on todays match made very little impact on the result of the game.