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Glenn McGrath’s maiden Test half-century at the Gabba yesterday was a masterpiece of cricket surrealism – not to mention a heartbreaking experience for the New Zealand team.

While Channel Nein deserved to be jeered yet again for crossing to the 6pm news in Sydney before he actually got there, they did get to show one of the most unforgettable images that I have ever seen on a cricket telecast. That being the look on Adam Gilchrist’s face in the Australian dressing room as he watches McGrath’s six soar through the air. You don’t have to be much of a lipreader to see Gilly exclaim “What the pharque” with the most amazing look of incredulity on his face.

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