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'One-day games in future should be restricted to over-limited games such as the one in Melbourne which attracted 46,000 spectators'
So wrote Wisden's correspondent after the MCC tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970-71. The game he referred to was a 40-over match which was played on the last scheduled day of the Third Test, the Test match itself having been abandoned because of rain.
The success of this match prompted the Test and County Cricket Board to substitute three limited-overs internationals for the previously agreed sixth Test match when Australia visited England in 1972. Such has been the popularity, and the proliferation, of the one-day international since then that 329 officially accepted games had been played by the conclusion of the 1985 Texaco Trophy series between England and Australia.
The fill-in fixture in Melbourne in 1971 provided the formula for the World Cup competition, led to cricket being played under floodlights, attracted a new audience to cricket, and has seen the introduction of coloured clothing for players in place of the traditional cream flannels.
The Wisden Book of One-Day International Cricket provides scorecards of all 329 one-day internationals, from 1971 to 1985, played by the Test-match playing countries of the International Cricket Conference, as well as those including Associate Members of the ICC in the World Cup. With career records and a match index for every international player it is the essential reference work for this form of cricket and an adjunct to The WisdenBook of Test Cricket and The Wisden Book of Cricket Records.
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Book Description David & Charles, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0947766030