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    ICC changes boundary countback rule that decided Cricket World Cup final in England's favour

    It provided a thrilling end to one of the greatest cricket matches ever played, but the controversial boundary countback rule that decided the World Cup final in England's favour is no more.

    It was the greatest Cricket World Cup final of all time, and possibly the best one-day international ever played, but a change to the laws of the game means we will never see the likes of its climax again.

    The ICC has officially removed the boundary countback as a way of deciding a tied game, only months after England was awarded the World Cup final over New Zealand using the controversial method.

    In that match, England and New Zealand were tied after 50 overs and then tied again after a super over, leading to the implementation of the boundary countback and much frustration for the Black Caps.

    But under the new laws, the final would have instead gone to another super over, with no limit placed on the number of super overs able to be played to break the deadlock.

    At an ICC meeting, the board "agreed [a super over] was an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game", and moved to put them in place for every game at 50-over and 20-over World Cups, rather than just the knockouts.

    While England celebrated its maiden World Cup title in July, there was much backlash to the contentious conclusion to the game.

    At the time, New Zealand coach Gary Stead suggested the trophy should have been shared between the teams.

    "It's a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game," Stead said.

    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was equally perturbed at the time.

    "While the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time and when two attempts to separate them [are unsuccessful]," Williamson said.

    "It is what it is, really. It's very tough to swallow."

    Clearly while the change in laws means future teams will be spared such heartbreak, New Zealand's is likely to remain for some time.

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