ANY GIVEN MONDAY

Cricket really has been the winner this winter. Those who worried that a new era of civility would neuter cricket's dramatic tension could not have been more wrong.

Here's just a few thoughts from beyond the boundary as we revel in one of the great test matches of our or anybody else's time.

In the space of 40 days two of the more extraordinary pieces of sporting theatre have been staged on green fields of England. Twice the central character has found himself facing odds more improbable than Jack Reacher, yet on both occasions Ben Stokes has

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