It was almost with a sigh of relief that the Editor's Notes were able to report a season in which the laws of cricket had not been tinkered with. That's not to say, however, that there wasn't a concerted effort to push through some more changes. After FS Jackson had won five tosses out of five in the previous summer's Tests, there was a proposal to reduce the element of luck in the game, and alter the first law to read "the choice of innings shall be decided by tossing, unless otherwise arranged." But that was beaten by a show of hands. Luck, Wisden argued, was an essential part of the game, not least because it ensured that wickets would be properly and fairly prepared.
Editor Sydney Pardon
Pages 555
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Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

Do not tamper with the toss, 1906

Series included

The Australians in England 1905

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