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Here comes Holder, Stokes defends.
I have not heard anything alike for months. We went through not seeing friends and loved ones for weeks (we call it social distancing), online operation in my boarding school, virtual graduations, and pub parties. New governments have been formed, and statues have been toppled.
The world has changed. Let's hope that it has been for the better – although seeing what inspiration and good can come out of the corona epidemics (still ongoing) requires a more skillful visionary than me.
In some aspects, we have already adapted. For example, the ECB have found a way of organising international cricket matches. For those interested in logistics and organisational hassle, this would be quite a story. For me, the most important aspect was hearing the familiar voices of Tuffers and Aggers on TMS. And while I understand that the experience of hearing the TMS voices carries little significance for the ones unfamiliar with game, the return of the game which was last suspended in World War II marks a milestone. (Personally, I feel privilege and joy from being a mere listener.)
What about the evolution in matters other than biosecurity? Last but not least, for many years anything "political" was frowned upon or banned outright by the administrators. So the act of taking a knee by players and official in the 1st Test might signify a new understanding that shared values must be embraced and upheld globally.
Crawley goes: England four wickets down.