The three-match series played after the T20 World Cup 2022 did not come under the ODI Super League table. As a result, both teams tried different combinations and give opportunities to young players.
With both teams focussing on long-term plans, they did not care enough about the results. The key players in the English team, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid didn’t play all the games as well.
In the end, Australia secured a 3-0 clean sweep, with the visitors losing the games without giving a fight. All these factors gave rise to the crowd not turning out at the stadiums to witness the action between arch-rivals.
With the ODI format slowly losing interest among cricket-watching audiences, this series was something unwarranted. In this regard, the former Australian bowler, Glenn McGrath, put forward his thoughts.
Glenn McGrath concerned about the health of ODIs
Glenn McGrath specifically pointed out the empty stands in the third ODI game at Melbourne Cricket Ground. He thinks as the sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne has been boasting huge crowds for decades.
Crowds of more than 80,000 witnessed India games in the T20 World Cup 2022 at the venue. However, a little more than 4,000 people were only present at the stadium in the final ODI, which has left Glenn McGrath wondering about the future of the 50-over format.
“It was so disappointing to see crowds like that, ODIs are really under the pump at the moment. So for them [crowds at MCG] to turn out in the numbers they did speaks volumes about where we’re at,” Glenn McGrath told PA Agency.
Glenn McGrath, a three-time World Cup winner thinks the games should have significance, which can attract the crowd. Moreover reckoned that every series need to be respected. He then added that they need to protect this format and that the other two formats will stand rock solid.
The 52-year-old, Glenn McGrath, believes the ODI format is under the pump, and an urgent step is needed to bring back the interest of the audience. He also put the ODI World Cup as a bigger tournament than the T20 World Cup.