Imagine that today is exactly like today only Moeen Ali made a duck. There, you see – things could be slightly worse.
This isn’t so much a ‘glass half full’ attitude as a ‘there’s still something in there, I’m sure – maybe if I tip the glass the right way for long enough the minuscule droplets will gather and form something visible in the corner’ attitude.
You work with what you have. An increasingly polluted world continues spinning. As do R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, for England have managed to bat out a full day of Test cricket.
Big first innings and a game that accelerates alarmingly as it approaches its denouement. That’s our prediction.
Predictions are for fools, of course, but there are so many fools these days that the addition of another one won’t tip the balance.