Worcestershire CCC Head Coach Alex Gidman has welcomed the return of the traditional ‘toss’ in County Championship cricket this summer.

For the past four seasons the ‘uncontested’ toss rule has been in place whereby the visiting team could exercise the right to automatically bowl first.

But this summer the tossing of the coin before all games will again become commonplace.

Gidman said: “It’s one of those where, like a lot of things with the game, the players just get on with it’’

“We all have different opinions on all aspects of the sport. I’m pleased we had the attitude to try it, and that we are open to trying new things and seeing if we can make the game better and evolve’’

Gidman believes that ultimately how a team performs will decide the outcome of matches.

He said: “I don’t think it will make a huge amount of difference. I think teams in general ended up putting too much thought into that decision.

“I think ultimately you’ve got to be the better team over the four innings and that’s certainly going to be our objective, playing better cricket over longer periods of time whatever happens with the toss.”