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The magnificent Ashes series against Australia will merely slow the fall of English cricket, according to Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s counterintuitively gloomy piece on what is still, just about, our summer game. Let us hope Wheatcroft is wrong. He complains that some of the passages of play in the first three tests betrayed a spillover into the five-day game of the vulgarity of limited-overs cricket. But is that so terrible? If cricket’s dilemma has been how to adapt to a less patient world without departing too far from the game’s true spirit, then English cricket—especially in the shape of exciting young players…

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