“It can’t happen but I can’t stop thinking it might” emails Ben Heywood. “203 runs. 7 wickets left (4 useful). Two days still to play. I know I shouldn’t daydream about a record-breaking, unprecedented comeback, and that we’ll probably be all out by lunchtime….but…but…but…isn’t the mere possibility of the impossible why we watch sport in the first place?” Yes, Ben, yes it is. And reading these emails and watching these dreams shatter into a thousand tiny pieces is why Australians watch the Ashes.