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The end of a cricket team? (4)


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'the end' is the definition.
(tail is a kind of end)

'a cricket team?' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'a' is present in the answer.
The remaining letters 'til' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

'of' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for tail that I've seen before include "Flexible part that extends from an animal's rear" , "part of coat" , "Dog - or part of one" , "Caudal fin" , "Follow -- rear end" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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