The Hundred could switch ‘wickets’ to ‘outs’ to make game simpler to understand

English cricket is ready to ditch the traditional term of 'wickets' in favour of 'outs' in a bid to make The Hundred even easier to understand to newcomers.

Runs, balls and outs are set to be the key terms with numbers counting up when the first team bats and counting down when the second team chases.

So instead of 150 runs for five wickets from 12 overs, the new teams could be 150 runs with five outs from 60 balls with scoreboards reflecting more simplified details for fans to follow.

The new format is just 99 days away and is shape shifting based on market research to try and appeal to a new audience with stripped down references and less jargon for people to grapple with.

The move will clearly ruffle the feathers of those who are sticklers for classic terminology and language, but ECB decision makers and broadcasters insist it is designed to break down barriers for those who will be trying the game for the first time.

A spokesperson for The Hundred said: “The Hundred is designed to make cricket accessible to everyone, and research shows that the language of the game can sometimes be a barrier.

"Along with our broadcast partners, we want The Hundred to open cricket up to more people, as well as entertaining existing fans, so we’re discussing the clearest ways of explaining the game, but nothing’s been finalised.”

The word 'out' is already commonly used in the game, so it is not as though long term cricket fans won't know what is going on. But the subtle shift in language could make the game more accessible to those who might have been put off by cricket's more confusing elements.

The fact is though that 'outs' will not be as relevant in this form of the game as they are in longer games because sides will rarely be bowled out and often the biggest benefit of an 'out' will be the lack of runs scored from it.

Team wins and losses will be the focus rather than personal landmarks and details such as fifties and hundreds, and catchers and wicket takers may even be removed from the most straightforward of scorecards.

The desire to make the game as simple as possible to understand is a fair one, even though some will inevitably refer to it as dumbing down, and there was yet more opposition from existing fans to this plan on social media.

Jofra Archer is hoping to be one of the stars of the Hundred in its first week when England's best cricketers will be available for three games, as long as his long standing elbow injury allows.

Archer has been given the all clear to start bowling again this week after recovering from the hand injury suffered when cleaning his fish tank.

However it still remains unlikely the fast bowler will be able to take part in the IPL this year with a worst case scenario of surgery on his elbow not ruled out either.

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