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Bouncers, sledging and mischief: why Australia v India is series for these times | Barney Ronay

The best sporting contest of the lockdown era has been full of qualities we’ve all needed: endurance, patience, transcendence

Every man has his breaking point. You and I have one. Navdeep Saini, India’s seventh-choice seam bowler, reached his at The Gabba on Friday morning.

Let’s take a walk, for a moment, down that quarantined hotel corridor. It is now five months since India’s cricketers began their bubble-bound odyssey across the continents, from Dubai to Sharjah to Sydney and Melbourne, ferried in sealed isolation from airport to hotel to empty concrete bowl.

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