'Undecided on Super Over in ODIs' - Ross Taylor backs the idea of joint World Cup winners
Ross Taylor has declared he is not a fan of Super Overs in ODI cricket as he pushed the case for joint World Cup winners in the event of a tied contest in the final.
The World Cup final at Lord's last year ended in heartbreak for runners-up New Zealand, who failed to topple hosts England despite the two teams finishing at the same score following the allotted 100 overs and the subsequent Super Over.
England were able to claim their maiden world title at the back of a controversial boundary countback rule, which has since been abolished by the ICC. Future tournaments will now see multiple Super Overs being played out if a winner is not decided by the end of a single six-ball shootout.
Taylor felt such an exercise was unnecessary, particularly in one-day cricket where teams engage in a lengthy battle, and advocated for the concept of joint champions.
“I’m still undecided on the 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 an interview with Cricingif.
"In a game of T20 cricket, I feel to continually go is the right way to go. It’s a bit like football and some other games to try and get a win in but I don’t think the Super Over is necessarily needed in a one-day game.”
Reflecting from his experience in the World Cup final, Taylor admitted he was surprised to witness a Super Over as he considered a tie to be the end result.
“You can have joint winners. During the World Cup [final] I actually went up to the umpires to say ‘good game’, I didn’t even know there was a Super Over," he remarked.
"A tie is a tie. I suppose you could have this argument either way but in a one-day game, if you can go 100 overs and still have someone equal at the end of the day I don’t think that’s a bad thing.”
Thus far, there has been only one high-profile instance of two teams sharing the trophy at the conclusion of an ICC event. India and Sri Lanka were declared co-champions of the 2002 Champions Trophy after the final was washed out on two occasions.
Meanwhile, Taylor also addressed the issue of New Zealand's persistent Super Over troubles as they have faltered a total of seven times from eight matches going down to the extra couple of overs.
They most recently faced back-to-back Super Over defeats in "bizarre" circumstances against India at home in spite of getting into winning positions.
Taylor believed the Black Caps' inability to excel in such pressure situations indicated a flaw in their approach and suggested his side needed to be more "ruthless".
“One over across a context of 50 overs or 20 overs is tough to swallow but it is what it is. If we are in that same situation, I think we still back ourselves.
"First and foremost, you 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 result comes.”