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Cricket World Cup 2019

Ross Taylor didn’t know the World Cup final would go to a super over

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Ross Taylor has revealed that he wasn’t aware that the 2019 World Cup final against England would go into a super over after the match finished in a tie.

New Zealand have lost three more super overs after infamously falling short in the 2019 CWC final because of the boundary countback rule and Taylor conceded the Kiwis haven’t been ruthless enough to close down games.

“One over across 50 overs or 20 overs is tough to swallow, but if we are in that same situation we still back ourselves,” Taylor told Cricingif.  “First and foremost you have to try and win the game in the allocated time. We haven’t been able to be ruthless enough there, and if we can do that and not even let it get into a super over then hopefully the right results come.”

Taylor believes that with One-Day Internationals being 100-over games, super overs are not necessarily needed. He then went on to reveal that after the 2019 World Cup final encounter against England finished in a tie, he “went up to the umpires to say ‘good game'” as he was unaware that the match would go into a super over.

“I’m still undecided in a super over in a one-day game, I think one-day cricket is played over such a long time that I have no problems in a tie being a tie,” he said. “In T20 cricket, to continually go on is the right way to go. A bit like football or some other games, trying to get that win in, but I don’t think the super over is necessarily needed in a one-day game.

“I think you can have a joint winner. During the World Cup I actually went up to the umpires to say ‘good game’, I didn’t even know there was a super over. A tie is a tie, I suppose you could have this argument either way, but in a one-day game I think if you can go 100 overs and still have someone equal at the end I don’t think a tie is a bad thing.”

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