LAST Wednesday, a day of televised cricket just happened to clash with a sick day for yours truly - a coincidence of staggering proportions.
What it provided was both a few hours devoid of trousers and an opportunity to assess the one-day game just as Cricket Australia was trumpeting 500 days to go until the next World Cup, which it will co-host with New Zealand.
Gem's decision to show the Ryobi Cup free-to-air had never seemed so sensible.
At the same time was the opportunity to observe pivotal all-rounders James Faulkner, Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell.
Sadly, however, this was not in the domestic one-day competition but in the repeat of the Champions League Twenty20 final being shown simultaneously on One HD.
There were many positive signs. Faulkner and Watson clean bowled Kieron Pollard and Sachin Tendulkar, Maxwell smashed 37 off just 14 balls while compatriots Brad Hodge, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell Johnson were also playing bit parts.
The reality shock came when making the switch between the two televised matches, just a couple of buttons away on the remote but continents apart in distance and worlds apart in atmosphere.
The contrast between the tens of thousands watching the future of global T20 cricket at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla stadium and the tens watching the present of Australian one-day cricket at Sydney's Bankstown Oval could not have been more stark.
Tasmania versus South Australia may have provided the closest possible result in the 2012 one-day final and did its best to repeat the feat by producing back-to-back penultimate-ball victories secured by Ben ``The Closer'' Hilfenhaus, but it wasn't much of a crowd-puller for the New South Wales public.
Tigers captain George Bailey was among the first to point out that basing the competition entirely in one state presents a disadvantage to every team except NSW.
Commentators Mark Taylor and Stephen O'Keefe debated the point and came to the conclusion that there was nothing wrong with the concept. That would be Taylor and O'Keefe, both of NSW.
Cricket Australia has clearly learned nothing from suffering three Ashes spankings on the back of splintering the domestic four-day competition and is gaily tinkering, squeezing and ultimately devaluing its 50-over format ahead of co-hosting the next ICC World Cup.
Victory in yesterday's opening ODI against world champion India - led by Launceston duo Bailey (man of the match with 85 runs off 82 balls) and Faulkner (27 off 22 plus 3-47) despite the latter taking out Brad Haddin with a wayward high-five - suggests there is still plenty of hope.
But unless Australia starts taking the domestic one-day scene a bit more seriously, February 15, 2015 (the day after its World Cup opener against England at the MCG), might witness a few more sick days.