"And umpire French says no."

Just five small words from New Zealand cricket's complicated history, but a jarring soundtrack to the end of an era.

New Zealand return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground for this year's Boxing Day test. They haven't played in whites on the big ground since December 30, 1987.

You probably know how it went. Danny Morrison delivered a devilish inswinger to Craig McDermott on the penultimate ball of the penultimate over. It clipped McDermott's front pad, then hit his back leg before ballooning short of the slip cordon.

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An in-swinging Danny Morrison delivery hits Craig McDermott flush...
An in-swinging Danny Morrison delivery hits Craig McDermott flush...
...but umpire Dick French says no. Photos / YouTube
...but umpire Dick French says no. Photos / YouTube

The appeal for leg before was beseeching. A

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