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Alastair Cook's victory for character, calm – and cunning

The England captain has proved that good guys can come first. It was telling that he gave two stumps to his young stars

22 August 2015

9:00 AM

22 August 2015

9:00 AM

The roar of the Premier League is beginning to drown out everything else in sport (there’s even Friday night football now: another blissful resting place occupied. Shouldn’t we ring-fence some time — greenbelt-style — that football can’t colonise, say 2 a.m. on a Monday, that’s preserved from football’s endless development?)

But while there’s a chance, let’s not lose sight of a great Englishman and a great English achievement.

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