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Former England coach David Lloyd and former England captain Michael Vaughan have led Twitter calls for a change to the One Day International schedule.

The most recent ODI series between England and Australia finished yesterday amidst a sparse crowd in freezing cold conditions.

This match had plenty riding on it as the sides were level at 1-1 going into the decider in Southampton.

However, the lifeless atmosphere that has been seen at the other venues contributed to a drab contest in terms of excitement, despite plenty of runs being scored.

The scenes were vastly different from the Ashes series before that with full crowds in jovial spirit watching genuinely entertaining Cricket. 

50-over Cricket looks to be stuck between a rock and a hard place; not as satisfying as a well fought test series, whilst lacking the razzmatazz of the 20-over format.  

Prior to this summer, there was questions raised over the future of Test Cricket but one look at this Summers crowds dispel that myth, in England anyway.

The fact that both England and Australia rested key players due to the return Ashes this winter serves as a good sign to show how highly it has been regarded.

Lloyd, this morning, revealed his views in a number of tweets.

Replying to questions from fans (in italics), heres what he had to say: "What's ur take on the ODI series bumble? "Seen as practice matches by both sides"

"Most players dream to win a world cup, yours was not, fine! I respect that totally.” Promise you they don't"

'Bumble' as he is known went on to say: "ODI' s ..would seem there is conflict between Board administrators and Team Managements ...Boards want lots ...teams want few"

One suggestion he put forward was something similar to how the Women's Ashes is ran where there are points for victories with only three 50-over and three 20-over matches.

Michael Vaughan other a different view that they should be played before the Test matches, like they were in 2005 before the Ashes series that was regarded as one of the best.

Something definitely needs to be done, more and more one-dayers are thrown into the schedule to make more money but it ould have a damaging effect.

I fear more and more will stop watching not only 50-over Cricket but all Cricket in general. 

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