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“Nostalgia is delicate, but potent,” Donald Draper once surmised. “In Greek, nostalgia literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards… it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It’s not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. It lets us travel the way a child travels – around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved.”
Ostensibly, these profundities were deployed to describe a slide projector, but like all good screenwriting this was a speech dripping with subtext: what Don was really getting at is the special, unique joy of an England batting collapse. And even by the standard, yesterday’s was a jazzer: first, after four days chasing the game, they inched into a decent position thanks to much work and struggle, then they carelessly tossed five wickets for 30 runs like they were so many womb sounds. So now we wait, ready for yet another glorious, infantilising regression of a final day, the beauty of Test cricket, the beauty of sport and the beauty of life right there inside us; this should be absolutely immense.
Written by Daniel Harris (now) and Adam Collins (later)
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2020/jul/12/england-v-west-indies-first-test-day-five-live under the title “England v West Indies: first Test, day five – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.