ANY GIVEN MONDAY

Meanwhile, in a sporting galaxy far, far away, New Zealand didn't go so well…

While the majority of the focus was zeroed in on Eden Park, our globetrotting cricketers were kicking off a test championship campaign under the ramparts of a Portuguese fort in Galle, Sri Lanka.

The unvarnished truth of it was that it was a poor start to the extended campaign and just as ominously, a poor advertisement for test cricket. Forced to sit through five days of mediocre cricket played in asphyxiating conditions, you'd be hard-pressed to make an argument for the need of

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