Imagine Sam Warburton or Warren Gatland before the Lions kick off against Australia.
It's impossible to know for sure what they will say to their men but there is a fair chance that the gist of it will be: "Let's hit them hard in the first 10 minutes; let's hit the road running".
This is the sort of thing that captains and coaches always say. Even Duncan Fletcher when he started at Glamorgan aimed to finish his peroration in this manner even if it came out as "Right lads, let's get this road on the show".
However, it's hard to imagine that Alastair Cook or Andy Flower were quite so upbeat before this Test if we take into account England's batting display at Lord's. They have finished the day in a fair position but by the standards of the 21st century they were as uplifting as a bunch of spanners.
Oh my Barrington and my Boycott of all those years ago. They were dropped in 1965 and 1967 respectively by the chairman of selectors Doug Insole for batting too slowly, Ken Barrington hitting 137 against New Zealand, Geoff Boycott 246 not out against India (he has not forgotten, by the way).
At Lord's on Thursday England batsmen did not score enough slow runs to be dropped. In any case slow scoring in this era has a quirky fascination. What is more the stands were packed as they usually are. They keep coming in greater numbers for a Test match here than they ever did in the mid-60s, an era often looked on with sepia-tinted specs.
Whether England's wariness, albeit against a disciplined New Zealand bowling attack, is justified is another matter. There is often a pattern when playing supposedly inferior sides and it is based on the elimination of error. "Don't make any mistakes against this lot and we'll be fine" is the temptation.
Against the best sides the opposite can apply. Boil down England's strategy in 2005 when Michael Vaughan and Fletcher really did get the show on the road against who were still a mighty Australian side and it was "let's go for them hell for leather". England did so memorably on the first day at Edgbaston (407 all out in 79.2 overs) after the defeat at Lord's. They rationalised that wearing down those Australians would not work so they took the bold option.
But here England seemed hellbent on the elimination of error. It is often a fatal philosophy, born of insecurity. A few county sides, beaten by minor counties teams in the early rounds of the knockout competition, have discovered this over the years.
Not that New Zealand should be equated to a minor county. However, almost the same attack (there was Neil Wagner instead of Doug Bracewell) that was carted around a deserted, windswept Grace Road by the Lions last week, tied England's finest up in knots. The runs were eked out at two per over.
Cook looked a good player out of form and uneasy against left-arm pacemen. He faced 33 balls from the highly impressive Trent Boult without scoring a run. From his 34th he took two from a straight drive, which was hardly stealing from New Zealand's thunder; in his elation Cook was dismissed by the next ball he received from Boult.
Nick Compton's solitary attempt to break loose ended in dismissal to Bruce Martin, a left-arm spinner, who had undergone something of a metamorphosis; so mundane in Leicester, so mesmerising at Lord's. Jonathan Trott, one suspects, does not listen too intently to any pre-match exhortations, since he is always going to go his own way when he bats. Hence he played with a little more freedom than the others.
The assumption is that it is tough to play shots on this pitch but judgment should be reserved until Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum have had a bat. The ball has turned more than usual and with two Kiwi left-arm pacemen creating rough there are distinct possibilities for Graeme Swann. It may be that England are well-placed and for a day at least it was fun to revisit the 60s. But let this not be our daily fare throughout the summer of 2013.
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