Wickets could be called ‘outs’ in Hundred bid to attract wider audience

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Batsman may become ‘batter’ under terms being discussed by tournament organisers

Wickets could be referred to as “outs” in the Hundred under proposed terms being discussed by the ECB to make cricket more accessible to the new audience the tournament is hoping to attract.

The inaugural Hundred – postponed from last year – starts with a women’s match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at the Kia Oval on July 21 with the corresponding men’s fixture the following day at the same ground.

The new competition introduces a number of playing innovations, not least the 100-ball innings, and organisers have said discussions over the terminology to be used in the tournament was prompted by focus group data suggesting cricket’s traditional language can prove a “barrier” to potential fans.

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