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Cricket fan proposes new coin toss system to mitigate ‘unfair’ advantage for winning

Tom Elliott
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A cricket fan has come up with a new coin toss system he says will mitigate the at-times “unfair” advantage one side gets by winning the toss.

While the coin toss itself is a random event, winning and choosing whether your side bats or bowls is often a game-defining advantage on flat or deteriorating pitches.

Associate Professor Haris Aziz, a game theory expert from UNSW, has come up with an alternative he calls Toss, Propose and Choose.

The first step is the same, a coin is tossed in the air and a heads or tails outcome determined.

However, in his system, the losing captain then gets the chance to make a proposition to the toss-winning captain.

On a flat pitch, for example, they may propose a 100-run handicap for batting first.

The toss-winning captain then gets to decide whether they’ll bat or bowl, with or against the advantage proposed by the loser.

“The reason I think this method is quite fair is because it has a mathematic justification,” Professor Haris Aziz said on 3AW Drive.

Press PLAY below to hear Professor Haris Aziz explain his system

Picture: Getty iStock

Tom Elliott
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