Cricket News 2022: Usman Khawaja believes ODI cricket is ‘dying a slow death’

Australian Test newcomer Usman Khawaja believes one-day cricket is “dying a slow death” due to the rapid growth of the national T20 leagues and the erratic calendar.

Earlier this week, England superstar Ben Stokes stunned the cricket community. announcing his retirement from ODI cricket at age 31.

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“Three formats are just unbearable for me now,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Not only do I feel like my body is failing me because of the schedule and what is expected of us, but I also feel like I’m taking the place of another player who can give Jos (Butler) and the rest of the team everything.”

Stokes’ carefully worded parting shot was primarily directed at the ECB, which noted a “terrifying” match list that featured over 100 days of international cricket in less than 10 months.

It has become nearly impossible for multi-format players from England, India and Australia to meet their international obligations, especially for all-round players.

“We are not machines,” Stokes said. Special test match on Tuesday.

“You can’t just refuel us and we’ll go there and be ready to refuel again. We had a test streak and then a one-day team had a streak at the same time – it was a bit silly.

“I just feel there is too much cricket right now for people to be able to play all three formats. It’s much more difficult than before.”

Famous Australian cricketers are also beginning to have doubts about whether they can compete in all three formats, and understandably so.

Due to the relentless schedule of ODI cricket, staying a multiformat player has become not only a necessity but a formality.

The Australian men’s team has played 17 ODIs since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but Steve Smith, the nation’s top batsman in a generation, has only played in five of them.

Earlier this week, Cricket Australia announced that Test Captain Pat Cummins had not been selected. for the upcoming ODI matches against Zimbabwe and New Zealand because he was “undergoing a period of rehabilitation and physical preparation for the upcoming summer”.

Cummins’ omission was not a surprise in this announcement – Australia fielding an almost complete team for a two-way ODI series has been a rarity since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to reporters in Brisbane on Friday morning, Khawaja argued that the other two formats were slowly eclipsing one-day cricket.

“Cricket over 50 is probably the hardest on the body… you ask any cricketer, cricket over 50 is a very hard job,” he explained.

“You have Test cricket which is the pinnacle, you have T20 cricket which obviously has leagues all over the world great fun everyone loves it and then you have one day cricket and I feel like it’s probably the third takes first place among all.

“Personally, I think one-day cricket is dying a slow death, but at the end of the day, one-day cricket still remains. There is also the World Cup, which I think is very fun and enjoyable to watch.

“Besides that, I’m probably not too into one-night cricket either.”

Khawaja, who has not represented Australia in ODIs since the 2019 World Cup in England, believes 50-man cricket is currently irrelevant as the focus is on the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“Right now it doesn’t seem to be that important because of the T20 World Cup,” he said.

“Something has to give way, because you can’t use all three formats at the same time, playing all the games; you will have to decide and choose.

“I don’t know how it will go. I think T20 cricket will definitely stay, Test cricket will definitely stay. But what’s going on with one-day cricket?”

Khawaja admitted that it was “very hard” for international cricketers to continue playing all three formats, especially with the stringent travel requirements.

“If you play all three forms of the game, you are not really at home at all,” he said.

And exactingness to your body, mental and physical.

“A lot of guys can also play IPL. There is a lot of cricket there.

“Now it can be very difficult.”

Khawaja has represented Australia in 40 ODI events since his international debut in 2011, amassing 1554 runs at 42.00 with two centuries and 12 fifties.

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