Supreme defiance offers hope
IT WAS once reported in the strange propaganda-obsessed state of North Korea that Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader, had recorded 11 holes in one during a single round of golf.
On fancy dress Saturday at the Third Test, a pair of spectators watched on in the West Stand in North Korean military uniform witnessing phase one of something almost as unlikely. Shane Warne, on commentary duties in Leeds, was so confident Australia were home and dry yesterday morning that he checked out of his hotel. He checked back in last night with Headingley threatening a Test to rival Botham’s Ashes and The Miracle of 1981.
Having lost 12 wickets in the match for just 82 runs and staring humiliation in the face, England clawed their way back from the precipice with a steelspined display of resolve. What began as essentially a facesaving operation for a side on the canvas with the referee’s count approaching 10, evolved into another example of Test cricket’s ability to cast aside logic and run with a narrative all of its own.
The sellout crowd turned up yesterday in their various guises – Tin Men, wrestlers, fishmongers – in the almost certain knowledge that they were coming along to see the Ashes retained by Australia. But as the Gentlemen Joes
MIXED EMOTIONS A weary Joe Root raises his bat and Josh Hazelwood (right) after dismissing England ‘s