Scheduling cricket matches in the north of India in September is not dissimilar to arranging fixtures in the Western Cape at this time of the year. You may get lucky but the chances are remote, and so the Proteas’ first T20 International, in Dharamshala, was duly washed out on Sunday. They will try again in the equally northern city of Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Cricket lovers were at least able to watch the final day of an absorbing Ashes series by way of consolation, and those who paid more than fleeting attention may have become aware that some things in the game change at glacial pace. Like Australian cricketers’ on-field behaviour...

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