Put an end to 50-over cricket: Graeme Swann

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Published: Friday, December 2, 2011, 12:58 [IST]
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Put an end to 50-over cricket: Swann

London, Dec 2: England off-spinner Graeme Swann wants an end to one-day international, stating Tests and Twenty20 are the way forward for cricket.

Swann was top of the one-day bowling rankings as recently as October before slipping to third, and has taken 90 wickets in 64 one-day internationals at an average of 25.43.

However, he took just two wickets during England's recent 5-0 hammering in India and was left out for the game in Mumbai.

"I think one-day cricket will have to give at some point, hopefully for everyone," Swann was quoted saying by BBC Sport.

"I don't think that game should carry on for much longer. For me it's not as enjoyable to play in. I think Test cricket and Twenty20 are the way forward for cricket."

The off-spinner believes that Test cricket should always be the pinnacle of cricket for its rich history and pedigree and was disappointed at the ICC's decision to postpone the World Test series.

The inaugural World Test Championship which was due to be played in England in 2013 was postponed in favour of the 50-over Champions Trophy.

"This is frustrating because being English we rate Test cricket above and beyond anything else, and certainly the Champions Trophy. Abandoning the Test Championship is a bit disturbing and short-sighted in my view but I'm not the powers that be," he said.


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