Every time there is a bilateral ODI series coming round the corner, a debate simmers up over the usefulness of the venture and indeed this particular format of the game. While the Champions Trophy regaled audiences across the globe, despite shoddy scheduling, the ensuing tri-series in the West Indies wasn't met with the same vigour. Fifty-over contests have become repetitive, and there is need to find relevance for them.
Away from this debate though, ODIs serve as feverish testing grounds for selectors of every cricketing nation. Twenty20 as a format is too short and too belligerent to be a true test for any cricketer. At best it can tell you about his hitting prowess or the ability to bowl yorkers. With a slightly longer period of play, one-day cricket often becomes a pointer towards the players' acumen.