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Gilchrist still a fan of 50-over cricket

Australia’s batting sensation Adam Gilchrist on Monday said even though Twenty20 cricket is the latest rage he is still a fan of the 50-over version.

“From my experience of playing so far, I am still a fan of 50-over cricket. But I do understand the excitement around Twenty20 cricket and it is good fun,” the Aussie wicketkeeper said in Kochi.

50-over cricket World champions Australia were stunned by eventual champions India in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa. However, they have dominated one-day internationals and Test cricket over the last few years.

Gilchrist believes that the 50-over game can test of a player’s skill better than the slam bang Twenty20 format.“At the moment the better test of skill and endurance is in the 50-over game, just like Test cricket is the ultimate test of cricket,” he said.

He also issued a warning to the administrators with regard to the potential overkill of the Twenty20 format.

“Twenty20 is a valuable product that we have now. I just hope that we use it the right way,” he said.

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