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Patrons who regularly attend Eden Park have become used to the asymmetries that mark the classic New Zealand compromise to the king code of rugby.
The Nathan Lyon inspired victory in Adelaide will not be repeated in Brisbane – that’s the 12 wickets bit, not necessarily the victory bit.
31.4 overs. A single session of cricket. Capitulation, surrender and embarrassment. And that was just the final Test.
I am pretty much an optimist when it comes to cricket results (and I am on record as predicting an Australian 2-1 win) but in my weirdest dreams I hadn’t foreseen this shellacking of our northern visitors.
As the ball looped lazily toward short leg from Jimmy Anderson’s self-preserving fend I had ample time for a 24-year-old flashback.
Test victories at Adelaide Oval are very often hard earned. The pitch has forever lacked a green flavour, drop in or live in: brown, browner and brownest being the favoured shades.