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A new Ashes world awaits England after Adelaide’s mid-life crisis | Geoff Lemon

The advent of pink balls, evening sessions and a grassy pitch has changed the very nature of contests at Adelaide Oval

When England’s cricketers walk onto Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon Australian Central Daylight Time, they’ll enter a new Ashes world. Cricket doesn’t so much have revolutions as fine gradations of change – the thickness of a bat here, the length of a game there. Playing Test matches at night with a different type of ball is the sport’s equivalent of the sack of Rome. After the tensions of the past week, we know who England see as the barbarians.

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