How’s that for a rallying cry?
England are playing their least-favoured format in their least-favoured conditions. This series against India will show them at their very worst and as such, it will tell us a hell of a lot.
England’s worst is not yet ‘middling’. They should aspire to middling performances in one-day matches in India. If you’re a middling side at your absolute worst, you’re pretty damn amazing. One shaky win after India have completely cocked up with the bat would be a brilliant outcome from the five-match series.
That’s cricket. It is too broad to perfect every aspect of it. Building a side isn’t a science, it’s basically just an ongoing patch-up job.
It’s like cooking 400 different dishes simultaneously. Your omelette’s looking good, but your kofte bhuna’s starting to stick, so you need to give it a damn good stir. Just as you’re getting stuck in with that, you realise your spuds are boiling over.
England’s spuds started to boil over in Hyderabad today. They could choose to sacrifice the kofte bhuna, but it’s probably more advisable to lash out with the foot and hope that they can turn down the ring under the spuds a touch.
Sometimes you’ve just got to make the best of it.