There’s an awful lot of talk from Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen about England ‘getting their heads turned on’ and being ‘mentally in the right place’ for this one-day series.
We’re a bit worried that at some point they’ll go overboard with the mental side and will forget about being physically in the right place. We don’t mind if they aren’t physically turned on of course, but we would like them to turn up to the matches.
You can’t neglect the physical side. It’s no good being ‘mentally turned on’ if you’re in the wrong city or have forgotten how to work your arms and no amount of positive mental attitude is going to get you runs if you’ve got your eyes closed.
It is absolutely vital that England are mentally switched on AND physically functional.
And it is vital. Don’t forget that we actually want England to win this one-day series. An England victory will hopefully make India think that it’s a bit of a duff format – unlike Tests. We know that it’ll be hard; that your initial impulse when it comes to one-dayers is to shrug and go all Gallic and surly, but you can’t do that this time.
You’ve got to be mentally turned on – although you can let your body atrophy, if you so desire.