New points format for upcoming England series


England director of cricket Andrew Strauss has announced a points system will decide the overall winner of Sri Lanka's upcoming tour.

Under the new format, four points will be awarded for Test victories, two for wins in the one-day and Twenty20 international, with the points being shared in the event of a draw, tie or washout.

The aim is to crown an overall winner from each tour, with a prize fund of £25,000 in place to be shared among the players victorious in the 'Super Series'.

Strauss hopes the system - which was used during England's women's Ashes series with Australia last year - can add some extra excitement to tours for players and fans.

"We believe the Super Series will provide that context and relevance by connecting the formats and ensuring that every game counts for something more than just itself," said Strauss.

"Fans of a certain format will hopefully feel more connected to the other formats, more interested in the other formats. 

"The by-product of this almost is that our players in very different and quite separate teams will feel more connected to each other and by something greater than their own immediate interests."

Strauss confirmed Pakistan's tour to England later this year will also use the system as the ECB try to aim to keep the game evolving.

"We're trying to create more context to every game that's played," he added. "We've seen incredible innovation over the past decade and it's important that international cricket evolves with it."