It was a triumph for the real thing. Five five-day Test matches between two gifted, well-matched teams playing fantastic cricket at high velocity and high pressure with the perfect mix of chivalry and venom. Here was the best game in the world, at its best.
It is damnably hard to know for certain which horse will win ... but a trainer, jockey or groom can often be very sure indeed that a horse will lose.
Remember the 2003 Rugby world cup. After that, rugby was supposed to take over from soccer as the No. 1 sport, with the entire population playing rugby within a short space of time. But it fades fairly quickly.