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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor believes that ODIs are still an integral aspect of international cricket.
Taylor’s comments come after New Zealand defeated England in the first ODI in Hamilton, which came down to the wire.
Taylor was named Man of the Match for his superb innings of 113, but it was all-rounder Mitchell Santner who carried the Black Caps across the finish line as he struck a 27-ball 45, which included a game-winning six in the final over.
Given how thrilling the match was, Taylor used it as an example to prove that the 50-over format can be just as exciting and suspenseful as Twenty20 Internationals.
“You do have those little meandering periods during the middle, a little bit more so than in a Twenty20,” Taylor was quoted as saying by Radio Sport. “But I think one-dayers still have a big part to play in the landscape of international cricket.”
During the first ODI, Taylor scored his 18th century and surpassed 7,000 ODI runs. With Taylor being 33, he is hoping to add more hundreds to his name before he retires.
“Don’t want to look too far ahead, but it was nice to get to 7000 runs. Hopefully I’ve got a few more left in me,” he said.
The second ODI between New Zealand and England will take place in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.