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Cricket addict Elton John says too much of ODI wears out players

Written by: Staff

London, May 13 (UNI) Even as authorities governing cricket pay little heed to the burn out issue, the players have found an unlikely sympathiser in Sir Elton John, who sounded music to their ears by saying that cricketers were playing too many games.

Known for his colourful costumes and wild parties, Sir Elton, a self-confessed addict of the game, is a sort of purist when it comes to cricket and prefers Test matches over the limited over 'pyjama' version.

Infact it is too much of the high-octane 50-over format that made the legendary singer say enough and turn his attention back to the Tests.

''I liked one-day internationals when they started them but there are too many of them now,'' he insists. ''They wear out the players and cricketers are playing too many games.'' ''Tests are far more interesting, they are more of a chess game.

Test match cricket is far more worthwhile and relaxing.

''I do think you see the best cricket is Test and I like the fact that you can play for five days and no-one wins,'' Sir Elton was quoted as saying by the BBC Sports.

'The Rocket Man' -- real name Reginald Dwight -- became hooked on the sport through listening about the feats of heroes such as Dennis Compton, Colin Cowdrey and John Edrich on BBC radio.

Instead of ''too girlish'' tennis and hockey and a ''too tough'' rugby, Sir Elton opted to focus on getting willow to hit leather.

And it is not just relaxing in the stands and watching the players sweat it out in the middle, Sir Elton even played and scored at Lord's in a charity match.

''I got to the crease and I thought 'please let me score one run'. I scored 24 but I got carried away. The next week I played in Barnes and [former England seamer] Robin Jackman got me out first ball.'' More UNI XC DH PR BD1702

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