Johannesburg: Adam Gilchrist has become the latest Twenty20 sceptic following the Australians's defeat to Pakistan, saying he would rather watch the quick-fire form of the game than play it.
"The more I play it, I am starting to, not so much like it as a player, but love watching it," wicketkeeper Gilchrist said in the aftermath of Tuesday's six-wicket defeat at the Wanderers.
Australia, who must beat Sri Lanka in Cape Town on Thursday if they are to advance to the semi-finals, also suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe in the opening round of the tournament in a result which went some way to undermining their all-conquering reputation.
The usually prolific Gilchrist has had a quiet tournament, failing to pass 50 in any of the Australians' four matches to date.
The opener said the format seemed to negate some of the skill factor although he admitted spectators were lapping up the close finishes that have been absent from so many recent 50 over matches.
"I am still not totally convinced that over the short term, the skills get to come through as much as they do in the longer formats, so that is evening the games up which is a great spectacle, but we'll see over time," said Gilchrist who insisted the Aussies were taking the tournament seriously.
Despite the enthusiastic response from the spectators, a number of high-profile players have been distinctly unimpressed by Twenty20.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has expressed hope the format is "not the future of the game" while West Indian skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan said ahead of the tournament that Twenty20 was "not really to my liking."