The big question before this fourth Test was could England’s batsmen start making some runs and maybe win a few more Tests?
When the answer revealed itself to be “no and yes” it became apparent that these were actually two separate questions.
England somehow cobbled together a half-decent first innings score while simultaneously making their batting appear even less solid. The second innings was more of the same.
In Top Gun, Maverick’s “hit the brakes and he’ll fly right by” trick is a neat one, but probably not a ploy on which to base a career. We feel similarly about England’s current approach to building totals.