Word is they’re all hitting it well in the nets. Confidence is rising. Big scores are due. With players of their class, hundreds are just around the corner. As soon as one batsman cashes in, the floodgates will open.
Because that’s the way it works. All batsmen have got a set number of runs at their disposal. If they haven’t used them, it means that they’re saving them up. Then, when the time comes, they’ve got hundreds and hundreds of runs tucked away and they’ll use them all in one go.
A veritable flood of runs lies waiting behind the dam of repeated early dismissals and it’s just waiting to be unleashed. If England’s top six make ‘big runs’ on this flat pitch, under blue skies, against a bowling attack shorn of Shane Bond, Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram it’s PROOF that they were brilliant all along and the last dozen Test matches were just low-scoring aberrations.
We can’t wait to have all our doubts washed away by the run flood.