The Moment: Sydney

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At least they avoided a whitewash. By winning the final cricket test against South Africa in Sydney, Australia's team salvaged some honor. Still, in what is being mourned Down Under as the passing of an era of global dominance, South Africa beat the Aussies 2-1, Australia's first series loss on home ground in 16 years. During that time, the Australian team redefined the five-day version of the game — the only one purists believe merits the devotion they bestow on it — incorporating the sort of devil-may-care style of play hitherto confined to the one-day game (in which each...

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