Should Matt Prior go through a lean spell after February 2010 then it is entirely feasible that England’s numbers 4, 5 and 6 be made up of Yarpie farm boys. Kieswetter, who qualifies as a Pom this winter, looks quality. Pietersen will return. And Jonathan Trott has sealed his place in the England team with a quality knock against the Aussies, on a tricky pitch, and when it really counted.

Trott batted magnifcently. At no stage did he look in any trouble. His shots were crisp, hit temperement tempered and he provided the solidity that England’s middle order have sadly lacked all summer. England have probably done enough to guarantee a win in this test, however, one shouldn’t tempt fate by citing inevitabilities.

England’s bowlers failed to make inroads into the Aussie batsmen this evening, but a good day tomorrow could see England claim the Urn 2-1. I’ve got a nagging feeling that it won’t be that easy.