Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

One-Day Format Will Test

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

One-Day Format Will Test

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QUEENSLAND captain James Hopes says Cricket Australia's radical new domestic one-day format, which comes into practice next week, is likely to be "weird" at first.

In a bid to rejuvenate the dying one-day game, CA has overhauled the National One-day Cup, which starts next Wednesday when Queensland meets defending champion Tasmania.

Under the new format, each side gets 45 overs split into innings of 20 and 25 overs, and teams are able to bat and field any 11 of the 12 players available.

There will also be 12 overs allowed a bowler, meaning the best bowlers have the opportunity to deliver more overs.

Hopes says teams will take time to work out the new rules.

"The tactics will be a bit weird to start off with," he said.

"I think some teams will just try to play it straight down the line the first few games until they get a handle on what stages you can go hard. …

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