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Lizelle Lee believes ODIs shouldn't have Super Overs: 'I totally disagree with it'

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South African batter Lizelle Lee
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  • Proteas opener Lizelle Lee believes there shouldn't be Super Overs in ODI cricket.
  • The Proteas lost the dead-rubber fifth ODI against the West Indies on Sunday after losing the first women's Super Over in ODI cricket.
  • Lee argues that one over does not define an entire 50-over game and says it shouldn't happen. 

Proteas batter Lizelle Lee disagrees with the notion of having Super Overs in One-Day International (ODI) cricket following last week's loss in the fifth ODI against West Indies.

On Sunday, both teams finished on 192 from their 50 overs in the dead-rubber final ODI at Sir Viv Richards Stadium.

According to Cricket South Africa (CSA) media spokesperson Koketso Gaofetoge, the Super Over was agreed upon before the start of the Proteas' Caribbean tour.

The Proteas only managed six runs in their Super Over, with Lee and skipper Dane van Niekerk in the middle and Deandra Dottin bowling the over for the hosts.

In their reply, the Windies needed just five balls to reach the target, with Masabata Klaas bowling the over as the hosts clinched the final game despite losing the series 4-1.

Sunday's Super Over was the first in a women's ODI and the third overall - the other two occurrences happened at the now-famous 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand and a 2020 ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

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Lee, who scored 61 off 78 balls, believes that Super Overs shouldn't happen in ODI cricket as it's not a fair result for a 50-over game.

"It's definitely something that shouldn't be in an ODI. You can't take have six balls (per side) that's not going to define what's happened in an ODI," Lee told reporters on Tuesday.

"I totally disagree with it. I don't think it should have happened in the first place."

Lee believes that Super Overs are better suited to the shortest format of the game.

"T20 is something where it can happen because on the day, anything can happen. If you play a bad game, you lose, if you play a good game, you win," said Lee.

"Where ODIs are more about skill, you have to adapt to the conditions, it's longer periods of batting and longer periods of bowling. I don't think ODIs should have a Super Over.

"I totally disagree with it, but it happened and it is what it is."

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