Sport: Miracle at Lord's

Britons, for reasons best known to themselves, take their national game of cricket almost as seriously as war. Yet England, mother of the game, has not won a test series with her chief foe, Australia, since the season of 1932-33. Stiff-upper-lipped about perennial defeats, Britons could only mourn the virtuosity of their cricketers of old.

By last week hopes of renewed glory were rising across the land. In Nottingham, playing the first of five test matches with the fearsome Australians. England's team had achieved a draw when rain halted play. But weather notwithstanding, Britons began to see England as the Aussies' equal...

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