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To inform the future, look at the past…

The Ashes is underway. By the time you read this at least a day of the Gabba Test will have elapsed and you will be either mildly optimistic or already kicking the cat. Ashes Tests in Brisbane are emotive affairs. The lengthy build-up, the verbal sparring, the national anthems on the first morning and the hostile nature of Brisbane itself all seem to bring the whole ancient rivalry to a head. This leads to extreme occurrences: Steve Harmison’s famous double wide, England captain Andrew Strauss cutting the third ball of the 2010/11 series straight to gully, a Peter Siddle hat-trick, public enemy No.1 Stuart Broad taking five wickets the last time England were in Brisbane, followed by Mitchell Johnson’s devastating bowling which ultimately dismembered several Test careers. That’s why they call it the Gabbatoir.

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