Australian Check opener Usman Khawaja believes one-day cricket is “dying a gradual loss of life” as a result of fast development of T20 home leagues and the unsustainable calendar.

Earlier this week, England celebrity Ben Stokes surprised the cricket group by saying his retirement from ODI cricket at 31.

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“Three codecs are simply unsustainable for me now,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Not solely do I really feel that my physique is letting me down due to the schedule and what’s anticipated of us, however I additionally really feel that I’m taking the place of one other participant who may give Jos (Buttler) and the remainder of the crew their all.”

Stokes’ carefully-worded parting shot was primarily directed on the ECB, who ticked off a “horrific” fixture record that featured over 100 days of worldwide cricket in lower than 10 months.

It has turn out to be almost inconceivable for multi-format gamers from England, India and Australia to fulfil their worldwide commitments, significantly the all-rounders.

“We aren’t vehicles,” Stokes instructed Check Match Particular on Tuesday.

“You may‘t simply fill us up and we’ll go on the market and be able to be fuelled up once more. We had a Check collection after which the one-day crew had a collection occurring on the similar time – that was a bit foolish.

“I simply really feel like there’s an excessive amount of cricket rammed in for folks to play all three codecs now. It’s a lot tougher than it was.”

Australia’s high-profile cricketers are additionally beginning to query whether or not they can decide to all three codecs, and understandably so.

Due to the game’s relentless schedule, resting multi-format gamers for ODI cricket has not solely turn out to be a necessity, however a formality.

The Australian males’s aspect has performed 17 ODIs for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic, but Steve Smith, the nation’s finest batter in a era, solely featured in 5 of them.

Earlier this week, Cricket Australia introduced that Check captain Pat Cummins had not been chosen for the upcoming ODI fixtures in opposition to Zimbabwe and New Zealand as a result of he was “being managed via a interval of rehabilitation and bodily preparation for the upcoming summer time”.

Cummins’ omission wasn’t the stunning a part of this announcement — Australia fielding a close to full-strength crew for a bilateral ODI collection has been a rarity for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chatting with reporters in Brisbane on Friday morning, Khawaja argued the opposite two codecs have been slowly overshadowing one-day cricket.

“Fifty-over cricket might be the hardest on the physique … you ask any cricketer, 50-over cricket may be very powerful work,” he defined.

“You’ve received Check cricket, which is the top, you’ve received T20 cricket which clearly has leagues world wide, nice leisure, everybody loves it, after which there’s one-day cricket, and I really feel like that’s most likely the third ranked out of all of them.

“I feel personally one-day cricket is dying a gradual loss of life, however on the finish of the day, there’s nonetheless one-day cricket available. There’s nonetheless the World Cup, which I feel is actually enjoyable and pleasurable to observe.

“Apart from that, I’m most likely not into one-day cricket a lot both.”

Khawaja, who has not represented Australia in ODIs for the reason that 2019 World Cup in England, believes 50-over cricket is at the moment irrelevant as a result of the main target is on the upcoming T20 World Cup.

“Proper now it feels prefer it’s not likely that essential due to the T20 World Cup,” he mentioned.

“One thing has to provide, as a result of you’ll be able to’t have all three codecs all collectively taking part in all of the video games; you’re going to should resolve and select.

“I don’t know the way it’s going to go. I feel T20 cricket’s right here to remain positively, Check cricket’s right here to remain positively. However what occurs to one-day cricket?”

Khawaja confessed it was “very powerful” for worldwide cricketers to proceed taking part in in all three codecs, particularly with the brutal travelling necessities.

“For those who’re taking part in all three types of the sport, you’re not at residence in any respect actually,” he mentioned.

And the demand in your physique, mentally and bodily.

“Numerous the fellows is likely to be taking part in additionally the IPL. There’s loads of cricket.

“It may be very powerful in the meanwhile.”

Khawaja has represented Australia in 40 ODIs since making his worldwide debut in 2011, scoring 1554 runs at 42.00 with two centuries and 12 fifties.

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