When it comes to Ben Stokes and his suitability as England captain I willingly confess that I got it totally wrong.
He is the finest all rounder we have produced since Ian Botham but his early career was troubled, there was little sign of cricketing nous and – as happened with Botham and Freddie Flintoff – every possibility that results would falter, as would his personal form.
How wrong that proved as Stokes, with coach Ben McCallum, has led a revolution.
The victory over Pakistan was achieved by a generous declaration.
In the past where both sides had posted monumental first innings totals the game would have petered out to a bore draw with the spectators the losers. Stokes’s motto could be that of the SAS “Who Dares Wins” as he went for – and achieved – a thrilling victory.
Gone too are the days when form county players are selected, discarded, reselected and discarded.
If you buy into the Stokes/McCallum philosophy your position is both assured and protected.
There were 4 centurions in the England first innings and neither Stokes nor Joe Root were among them.
He has proved not just an astute captain but a diplomatic one, donating his match fee to the charitable relief Pakistani flood fund.
All this was achieved without Jofra Archer and in Pakistan Jonny Bairstow and a scoring rate of 6.7 per over.
The man seemingly unsuited for captaincy has redefined Test cricket and possibly even saved it.