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Spare a thought for the visitors who have come a long way, as some of them would say, for nowt. Since the Barmy Army struck its colours, England have won one series in Australia out of seven, and this summer did not even have a favourable exchange rate, 58p to the dollar being a far cry from the halcyon days of 2002 3 celebrated in song (‘We’re fat, we’re round, three dollars to the pound’).

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Test cricket does not need any more Ashes. But it could do with more of Ashes like ‘feeling’. Even at a neutral venue, an absorbing, well tempered Test series between India and Pakistan would be unbelievable box office. It might even put Ashes cricket in the shade. And that would be entirely a good thing.

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