T20 needs eight runs for a big hit, says cricket legend Jones

Dean Jones, in his day one of the biggest-hitting batsmen in cricket, has called for fresh innovation in Twenty20 by creating a new eight-run shot if the ball goes more than 85 metres.

T20 has already brought about a revolution and the Australian legend told AFP the traditional five-day Test faces a fight for its survival as crowds move to the 120-ball game.

Rules must change to make the game even more relevant to today’s fans, according to Jones — one of the most recognisable television commentators in cricket with his cry of “going, going, gooooone” each time a batsman hits a six.

“The only innovation I’d like to see is that we are very good with technology, so every six hit over 85 metres should be an eight,” Jones said on the sidelines of the Star Sports Select Dugout programme as he prepared for Sunday’s Indian Premier League final.

Jones’ case is that big-hitters can increase the spectacle of T20 if the added incentive is there.

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