Allan Border Field
The Future League 2010/11 season, which starts today at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane, Australia, will see some of Australia’s best young players in full flight as they attempt to prove their worth leading into a long domestic and international season. Victorian cricketers, who won the inaugural series, are about to start this important series matching the best of Australia’s developing talent against each other in a truly innovative format.
The Victorian team, which includes players such as Jon Holland and Glenn Maxwell, who have both recently returned from South Africa as part of the Victorian Bushrangers squad in the Champions League T20. Other exiting players to watch include Ryan Carters and Brett Forsyth, who was the leading run-scorer in last years competition.
With so much talk about the format of cricket at the moment, it is certainly interesting to note how this competition will be played. Each team is allowed just three players over the age of 23, which provides a great chance for developing cricketers. Games will last three days, with two innings per team with a 156 over maximum. Other innovative elements of the competition include:
- Overs not used in the first innings by each team will be carried over to the second innings
- There will be no new second ball
- Bonus points will be awarded to wickets taken by spin bowlers
- There will be increased reward for outright results
The new playing conditions are of particular interest, and the competition gives a great opportunity to see how some of these tactics will work. What will be of further interest is to see how Australia’s developing cricketers adapt to these conditions and prove their worth in a representative competition.
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