The Big Bash League is to ditch the traditional coin toss in favour of a bat flip ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Rather than flip for heads or tails, captain will opt to bat or bowl by choosing between “hills” or “flats.”
Kim McConnie, Cricket Australia’s head of the BBL, said: “For me it’s a great moment which reflects what BBL is about.
“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?”
McConnie added that the bat used for the flip will ensure a fair result.
“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,” added McConnie.
“I’ve got it from great authority at our Kookaburra friends that this is a tested and weighted bat to deliver that equity.”
The BBL is set to begin on December 19, with Brisbane Heat taking on the Adelaide Strikers.