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That Headingley juju, eh? England could try to bottle it, though they can barely control it themselves. But there’s no doubting some Yorkshire magic rubbed off on Joe Root’s team during the third Test, and just in the nick of time. A dismal run of six home Tests without a victory – for precedent, you had to go all the way back to the dark ages (or 1989-90, to be specific) – came to an end in spectacular style. Now the question is whether it will be a turning point for the series or an isolated blip on the readout.

The Leeds Test itself began with a significant anomaly: Virat Kohli winning the toss. Whether his call to bat was objectively any worse than Root’s decision to bowl at Lord’s (where India ended the first day on 276 for 3, remember) is academic, but India will quickly have to face up to the repercussions of 78 all out – much as they did after being blown away for 36 in Adelaide last year. Never mind that India have by and large had the edge on England in the series so far, can they push past the doubts that will now begin to crowd in. Can they ignore the whispers about how their previous two tours of England began competitively only to end in one-sided scorelines?

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