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From 4.30am on Thursday, and for up to 28 of the following 42 days, England’s cricketers will be beamed back into our living rooms for a regular helping of sunshine and theatre in the darkness of the UK’s winter lockdown.
It begins with two Tests against Sri Lanka and a chance to be transported to Galle. The ramparts of the stadium’s neighbouring Dutch fort should be free from the invasion of St George’s flags this time and along with the glistening Indian Ocean, it will provide welcome reassurance as one of the sport’s most-loved backdrops.