Aussie hero ridicules T20

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Sydney, Nov 15 (UNI) Australian legend Arthur Morris has ridiculed the current craze with Twenty20 cricket and claimed that the longest version of the game holds the maximum appeal for the true blue fan.

Morris, who played with the legendary Don Bradman and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2001, said he doesn't mind the shortest version of the game as long as administrators do not take too seriously.

''I don't mind it, so long as people treat it as a fun exercise.

It's completely different to first-class or Test cricket. Test cricket is for people who know something about cricket. Twenty20 is for people who don't know much about it,'' Morris was quoted as saying in 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

''There will always be people who are fascinated by Test cricket and all its intrigue. It's not just slather and whack,'' he added.

The 86-year-old former batsman admitted that despite its frivolous nature, Twenty20 is appealing to an average fan and hoped that the amount of money being pumped into the format will not adversely affect one-dayers and Test cricket.

''I find it amazing to think back to when I played, and how we all had to hold down regular jobs to get by, and then look at the millions players are being paid now. That does not bother me, so long as there are still people who have an appreciation for the game and all that it is,'' he stated.


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