The true strength of the great Australian Test teams of yesteryear was measured in Brad Hodges, Michael Bevans and Stuart Laws – the players who couldn’t get in. England are a fair way off that, but having a man like Morgan stewing in county cricket is no bad thing.
Eoin Morgan seems to like a bit of pressure. That’s his greatest attribute. The pressure he felt before scoring a hundred for England Lions against Sri Lanka would all have come from himself, but that still counts.
All forms of pressure get filtered through your own mind, after all. You rate the feelings of other people, decide whether they have a case for applying pressure and then your brain does the application on their behalf if you feel it’s justified.
Many people think we should join Facebook. We disagree and therefore feel no pressure to do so. Conversely, while takeaway delivery drivers doubtless have far worse customers than us, we nevertheless find ourself crippled by nerves when the ‘how much to tip’ question starts to loom.