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The best part of two decades ago Ricky Ponting smashed an unbeaten 98 off just 55 deliveries in the first ever men’s T20 international – he then hit the new format for an even bigger shot.

“I was on record then of saying, ‘Oh, this is fun, it’s going to be a really good promotional tool for 50 over cricket,’” Ponting told foxsports.com.au.

“I was thinking that it was a bit of a gimmick and probably going to die a couple of years later.”

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The New Zealand and Australian teams pose in their Retro 80s uniforms before their Twenty20 International Match at Eden Park on February 17, 2005. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

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