And the forecasts, the endless cogitation over what ‘might’ be important, what ‘could’ be a factor, is not only a kind of tribute to Test cricket’s myriad varieties and potentialities, but to the idea that it is susceptible to the interrogation of a thoughtful mind, and over the course of a series will genuinely demonstrate which is the better cricket side, rather than merely the better cricket side on the day.

Ashes blog, Gideon Haigh