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Date TimeSeptember 03, 2019
VoiceWith Botham, Warne’s ball of the century and England winning in the rain, Manchester has often hosted something special
The Spin | Old Trafford and the Ashes stir great memories – plus one of leaving early
On 15 August 2005, around 6pm, in that fug of early motherhood, I pushed my 15-month-old daughter out of the ground at Old Trafford and down the Great Stone Road. Away we went, buggy and all, away from one of the greatest Ashes Tests.
Why I did not stay that extra half-hour and watch the last gasps I cannot remember – I think I was worried that she was hungry or tired – but what does stick with me is the noise that followed us the two miles home, roars and gasps tracing every step to the front door – still the only time I can remember hearing the cricket ground from our street, though aural flotsam and jetsam from the other Old Trafford often flies by on the wind.

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