About the time Australian players were furtively sandpapering a ball at Newlands four years ago, South African professional cricketers were completing an online survey to assess which of them had symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The events aren’t connected, but separately they point to what had been clear since 2000, when Hansie Cronje admitted to cheating: psychological and financial pressures are just as much a part of modern cricket as stumps and bails are...

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