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Pretty much, yes - although this is illusion of control isn't really unique to cricket; there are plenty of other sports where there is no real choice for the team losing the toss, or one of the two possibilities given is clearly stronger than the other so is always chosen. One minor scenario your idea of "heads home team bats" doesn't cover is the ...


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The only restriction in the Laws of Cricket is that in Law 28.4: At the instant of the bowler’s delivery there shall not be more than two fielders, other than the wicket-keeper, behind the popping crease on the on side. This means you could have 9 fielders on the on side if you wish, so long as 7 of them are in front of the popping crease, or if you wish, ...


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No, stumping is not out off a no-ball. But, a runout is valid off a no-ball. How is stumping different? If the batsman attempts to make a run, is outside his crease, and the wicketkeeper takes the bails off, this is a runout. If the batsman is just outside his crease as a followthrough of his shot, and has not made any attempt to run, and if the wicketkeeper ...


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