Australia's Big Bash League to remove coin toss before the start of matches

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Australia's Big Bash League has taken it upon themselves to change up the start of matches.

The decision has been made in Australia to throw away the traditional coin toss at the start of matches in their domestic T20 tournament for a bat flip. 

Traditionally captains will be asked before the start of a match whether they want heads or tails, which will then decide which team will bat and bowl first.

However, captains will now decide whether they want 'hills or flats' to get the game underway. 

The decision to throw away the coin toss has come from the top of Australian cricket, with Cricket Australia's head of the Big Bash League, Kim McConnie saying: "Some people don't like change but I'd also challenge people to say when was the last time anyone watched the coin toss or really focused on it to a great extent?" as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

"Now we are making it much more relevant to families, we are creating a moment which is much more fitting with kids." 

McConnie continued: "I've got it from great authority from our Kookaburra friends that this is a tested and weighted bat to deliver that equity."

"You'd be surprised at the science that's gone into this. It is a specially weighted bat to make sure that it is 50-50."

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'Hills or Flats' is common among backyard cricket matches in Australia, but this will be the first time the technique will be used in top-level cricket, and if successful could be used more widely in the future. 

Australia's Big Bash League gets underway again on December 19 when Brisbane Heat host the Adelaide Strikers.

This will be the eighth season of the Big Bash League which has proved very popular containing a round-robin format followed by knockout finals. Current champions Adelaide Strikers will be first to test out the new starting format with all eyes on the bat. 

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