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One-day cricket still a hit - Ponting

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Australia captain Ricky Ponting insists the 50-over format is not finished and still has a big part to play in international cricket.

Ponting, who is due to lead out his country in the first of five one-day internationals against Pakistan in Brisbane on Friday, is well aware that Twenty20 cricket is well supported in Australia. However with the Pakistan ODI series set to be quickly followed by the West Indies, he hopes the public come out to watch the 50-over game in their droves.
"As players we certainly don't see (a demise in the one-day game). We certainly see that there is a place in international cricket for all three forms of the game and I think they can all survive very, very, well," Ponting said.
"I haven't felt as a player that there has been a drop-off in the way the 50-over game is being received whatsoever. We'll get a bit more of an understanding over the next 10 games in Australia as to how the 50-over game is being received.
"I really think there is a place for all three forms of the game. There is no doubt that with more exposure the Twenty20 game is getting into lots of different countries at different times.
"It (Twenty20) is gathering a lot of momentum, particularly this summer, there has been some very entertaining cricket, but the 50-over game is everything as much as that.
"I think it will be hard to judge on how the overall (50-over) game is going, but I think we'll all get a good understanding of how much people want to come and watch it in Australia."
He added: "If you look back to last few 50-over series that we've played - the Champions Trophy in South Africa was terrific for us, the one-day games in England were great and the one-day win in India was terrific as well," he said.
"We actually played a lot of great games. The amount of messages I was getting from home talking about just how good the 50-over contests were, was satisfying for me as a player especially when there has been a lot of talk around about maybe the demise of 50-over cricket."

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