Are we hallucinating? Are we living in an alternate dimension?
Is this the same Aussie XI that so totally dominated the Poms in the Ashes
How else to explain the 4 – 1 series loss to England when they switched to ODI play?
Even more intriguing was the fact that at the same time Roger Federer was raising the bar in men’s singles once again, almost a million Australian viewers switched on Channel Seven to watch the last ODI of the summer, a dead rubber one at that.
The debacle was such that some Aussie voices are predicting the demise of 50-over cricket.
One of those is former ODI star David Hussey, who said that he had no stomach to watch the match, where Australia was bowled out 12 runs in arrears of the modest 259 total posted by the Brits.
“I don’t think it’s too far away,” Hussey said. “Outside of the World Cup, I’m not really interested in the 50-over format. I’m more interested in the T20 competitions throughout the world and who’s making 50 runs off 20 balls and making hundreds off 50 balls. It’s a really exciting game.”
Well, things in sports do change, do they not?
Witness the short-format tennis and AFL variants that seem to be attracting larger audiences, audiences that want to know the outcome of the event and the outcome of their wagers sooner, rather than later.
Will ODI really be relegated to the sports dustbin?
All we can really say for sure is, do not expect a resurrection of Marn Grook anytime in the near future.
If audiences do not even want to hang about for the three minutes it takes a thoroughbred to run 3200 metres, preferring instead the sprints that take approximately one third as much time, how can they be expected to devote six or more hours to ODI cricket?
When former players such as Hussey admit a loss of interest in a game they formerly played, it is a fairly serious indictment.
We, on the other hand, despite not hitting a golf ball in anger for close to 20 years, do not miss an opportunity to binge-watch professional golf, especially when one of the Aussies is in the mix.