He’s confident without being arrogant; humble without being meek; aggressive without being irresponsible; watchful without being bogged down.
That’s what he’d say anyway. England’s cricketers know they have to say the right things and it’s painful to hear at times. They have to remain positive otherwise the media call them weak-minded and if they’re too positive, they’re branded complacent or cocky.
Bopara’s been talking about how he aims to get big scores that win matches for England:
“I am desperate to do that. Not over-desperate because that’s when things can go wrong, but I want to be the main man for England.”
What is the optimum level of desperation?