‘To be honest, I was trying to learn a bit from Virat in the first innings, when he batted with the tail. A few came out of the middle and I was lucky enough to get a few runs,’ said the humble assassin.

The incredible thing about Test cricket is that it creates the environment in which inexperienced or struggling players can stand up and own a Test match, just like Botham did in 1981. Or seasoned pros can be left red-faced and embarrassed after failing to find their form. It keeps everyone on their toes and honest, and ensures a game of intrigue that is character-building and suspenseful, right down to the last dropped catch.

‘Playing Test cricket in front of these big crowds, with all these players I’ve seen growing up. Stokesy, Jimmy, Broady, I’m just trying to learn a bit every day,’ added Curran.