"It's not a simple thing to just go out there and knock up a hundred," Andrew Strauss said on Wednesday in the little lecture theatre of the Lord's museum which was used for his pre-match press conference and yet another round of questioning about his long lean run.
It was a struggle for West Indies.
If Andy Murray had a birthday wish as he turned 25 on Tuesday, it is probably a fair bet that it was along the lines of a straightforward, convincing passage through his first test here at the Rome Masters.
For more than a decade Brian Lara shouldered the burden of leading, and often carrying, the West Indies batting lineup, mostly from the pivotal No3 position and hardly ever from lower than four.
When Jonny Bairstow made an early trip to Lord's to look ahead to a probable Test debut against West Indies on Thursday, one question was left hanging in the air.
Frank Warren has warned the British Boxing Board of Control he will take legal action if they do not withdraw a threat to revoke his licence for promoting the fight between Dereck Chisora and David Haye at Upton Park on 14 July.
Any more of this and Rickie Fowler might have to change his name by deed poll to The Future of American Golf.
One week you are the cock of the walk, the next you are on the next flight out of town.
Carl Froch will not miss the physical and spiritual grind of his calling, nor the aggravation that comes with the deal-making and -breaking, the spats and feuds, that create as much rancour as money – although he was pretty good at that, too.
Stephane Pasquier dispensed high-fives to punters all around the paddock after winning the Grand Prix de Paris aboard Erupt here on Tuesday evening, and was perhaps starting to wonder if he will get a chance to do so again after the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.