A new points format has been introduced which will be used when England play Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer. The system was announced by England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss and the idea is to create “Super Series” comprised of a number of matches.

The new system gives the teams the chance to earn four points for a Test win, two for a draw and two for a victory in one of the white-ball matches. As a result it is possible that an overall win may not be achieved until the final match in each series, which will be the Twenty20 matches, and an unsponsored prize of £25,000 will be put up by the home board.

The new system is Strauss’ idea and he said that the idea is to ensure that the international game continues to develop. He said that in order for the game to develop it is necessary to have context and relevance for every game played. Under the new system every game will count for something more than just itself.

He also pointed out that the new system doesn’t replace any of the individual series awards. As a result there will also be a Test series winner and one-day series and Twenty20 match winners as well.

Strauss explained that the ECB wants to be at the “forefront of efforts to modernise the international game, and we feel this is a good way of ensuring the game remains relevant in both fans’ and players’ minds.”

Alistair Cook, the England Test captain, said that he doesn’t think the team has “anything to fear about the points system. If it works, brilliant. I don’t think there’s any harm in having a look. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. In this day and age, we’ve got to be open to new ideas.”