Board members at cricket’s governing body is rumoured to be poised to introduce a “one hand, one bounce” catch regulation for the Australians during the next Ashes series.
Following a run of poor results in the long-running battle for the famous urn, organisers were keen to find ways of leveling up the team’s chances and are thought to have turned to this as a solution.
Final details are yet to be confirmed but it is understood that any balls taken by the Australian team with one hand will be permitted to have bounced once. The new rule won’t apply to the keeper and England will be permitted to challenge any dismissals with the 3rd umpire, should they feel a second or third bounce has taken place.
“We’re delighted with this ruling” said a spokesperson for the Australian team. “no one wants to see another thrashing” he remarked “it’s not good for the game and it’s not good for the country’s morale”.
It is thought, if successful, the regulation may be extended to include the following ODI series.
Much of that will depend on the outcome of the Ashes test series.