Perth centuries show value in the 50-over format

"George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day.."

“George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day..”

The Roar: The great Mark Twain misquote reads, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” and I reckon sometime one-day cricket must feel this way too, sometimes.

Twenty20 cricket was invented in England and first played at a First Class level in the northern summer of 2003. Roughly three minutes after the completion of the first ever game, the first report of 50-over cricket’s demise was penned. Perhaps.

For a format on its death bed, one-day cricket has proved remarkably resilient, to be still going 13 years later, and on Tuesday, we saw four excellent innings that you just wouldn’t in a Twenty20 game…

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