Late on Wednesday night, Steve Elworthy, the former SA Test player, would have sat back, sighed and allowed himself a satisfied smile. England had hosted a summer of cricket during one of the most trying, frightening, confusing times of our lives.

The men’s international season ended with a bang after it had begun with a whimper, Australia pulling off a dramatic last-over victory over England at Old Trafford that swung this way and that, giving them a series victory. ..

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