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Why nothing in sport beats thrashing the Aussies at cricket

It’s not enough to succeed, Gore Vidal said: others must fail — a maxim that works a hundred times better when Australia do the failing

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

15 August 2015

9:00 AM

Adelaide airport, 2006. One of those serpentine check-in queues that bring you face to face with a long series of different people. I was leaving, everyone I knew in the queue was carrying on to Perth. See you at Lord’s, then. Sure. Safe trip.

Quiet voices. No jokes. Minimal eye contact.

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