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Joe Root offers support for 100-ball format

Joe Root has given his backing to the new 100-ball format proposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which is set to be introduced in a new eight-team city-based English domestic competition in 2020. The concept, revealed by the ECB last week, would see innings consist of 15 traditional six-ball overs, and a final 10-ball over. “It’s new, it’s definitely going to appeal to a new audience and I think that’s great,” England's Test captain told Wisden. “The more people we can get into the sport, the better.…

Nadal slams possible match format change

BEIJING: Rafael Nadal slammed changes being mulled by tennis governing bodies to shorten matches and make them more TV-friendly, saying Sunday that the move goes against the sport's "values". "The kind of matches that stay on (in) the memory and on the history of our sport are a little bit long matches and dramatic matches that become emotional," Nadal told reporters in Beijing. Women's tennis boss Steve Simon said last week the WTA was considering introducing super tie-breakers and no-ad scoring for singles matches. The…