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Hitting a six is no longer the rarity it used to be, writes Barney Ronay in the Guardian; it has become the defining image of the modern game.
This is not intended to denigrate the complexities, technical and narrative, of Twenty20 cricket. It is simply to acknowledge that in a sport that lends itself more than most human occupations to a sense of ages passing - new dawns, old dawns, periods of mawkish, sodden, quavering reflection - we are currently passing through what is best characterised not as the age of Uncertainty or the Age of Revolution, but as the Age of The Six. The six is no longer a variation, an explosion, a tactical oddity, but an end in itself, the basic unit of cricketing success in the sport's noisiest and most lucrative form.
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