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T20 might be on the rise, but give me a ODI any day

DID someone say that 50-over one-day cricket is losing its spark?
 
If last Friday night’s sensational finish at the Gabba didn’t get your juices flowing, then you’re definitely an individual who is hard to please.
 
And, yes, it did evoke memories of Michael Bevan’s masterful performance when he guided the Aussies home against the West Indies at the SCG on New Year’s Day in 1996.
 
They say that Twenty20 cricket is the new rage and that it won’t be long before ODIs become extinct.
 
Piffle.
 
As entertaining as T20 can be, it defeats one principle of cricket – an even contest between bat and ball.
 
It also prolongs the careers of former stars who should have been put out to pasture long ago.
 
And it has always been said that T20 was deemed a marketing ploy to attract the female supporter.
 
In other words, more people through the gate.
 
The ladies aren’t going to complain if there are plenty of sixes in a game that lasts just under three hours are they?
 
You won’t get too many of them to a 50-over game and good luck getting them to a Test match.
 
There have been many classic ODI games and innings over the years, but not too many T20 highlights come to mind.
 
Chris Gayle blasting a ton and Mike Hussey producing a match-winning innings in the Caribbean during various T20 World Cups do come to mind.
 
South Africa chasing down Australia’s 434 in Johnannesburg in 2006 and Ricky Ponting’s unbelievable innings in the 2003 World Cup final are two good reasons why ODIs should continue.
 
Earlier this month, New Zealand’s Corey Anderson scored the fastest ODI century when he hit triple figures off just 36 balls – albeit the game against the West Indies in Queenstown was cut to a 21-over contest because of rain.
 
Finally, England’s inability to post a win over Australia reminds you of the late 1980s and early ’90s, when no matter how well the Australians played in a Test or ODI they just couldn’t get the cash against the Windies.
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