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Points system is a Super way to develop internationals: Strauss

By Josh Richards

An inaugural cross-format Super Series will be at stake when England take on Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer.

On the eve of the first Investec Test against Sri Lanka, starting at Headingley today, ECB director Andrew Strauss confirmed the new points system is to be adopted.

Individual series trophies will still be at stake in Tests, one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 against both tourists.

But in order to achieve enhanced "context" and "relevance" for bi-lateral tours, four points will be available for a Test win, two for a draw and two as well for victory in either white-ball format. An overall win may therefore not be achieved until the final match, in each case this summer the concluding T20, with a prize of £25,000 put up by the home board.

"I'm introducing the Super Series, the winner of which will be the overall tour winner for the Sri Lanka and Pakistan series over all formats," said Strauss.

"We feel responsibility to ensure the international game develops.

"Central to that is context and relevance for every game of cricket you play.

"We believe the Super Series will provide that by connecting the formats and ensuring every game counts for more."

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