We’ve written about batsmen being ‘due’ a score before. The idea is that if a batsman isn’t scoring any runs, he’s actually stockpiling them for a future innings.
The idea seems to be that every batsman has a quota of runs that he can allocate as he chooses. A terrible run of scores is a sign of a sensible batsman investing runs for a later date and is therefore a good thing.
It’s balls, obviously – balls that have been in Michael Clarke’s mouth:
“Hopefully I have saved a few runs for Adelaide.”
Don’t use them yet, Michael. Save them for Sydney, or better yet, Christchurch or Kolkata.