Shortly after the flummoxed, nonplussed moment after Alyssa Healy, the captain of Australia, had been dismissed just one short of what would have been her debut Test century, the broadcast feed from Perth went as silent and dark as Australian hopes.

SuperSport was “experiencing technical difficulties” from the host broadcaster the message on screen read, if only for a minute or so, just enough time for the Australian commentators to recover their composure and force the corks back in the champers. When the pictures from Perth returned, heads had been scratched, breaths caught and heart rates stilled, and, yet, still there was no letting up of the lament...

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