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The turf

A great contest without the skulduggery of the past

21 August 2021

9:00 AM

21 August 2021

9:00 AM

Taking a day off racing to enjoy Joe Root’s regal 180 not out against India on the third day of the England-India Test — tranquillity interrupted only by a call from home to say that Flat-coated Retriever Damson had eaten the TV controller — I was struck by the amount of ‘gardening’ indulged in by batters.

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