In the late 1990s one of the late Bob Woolmer’s many innovations was the introduction of sports psychology to the national team. Back then, it was a concept rare to team sports — only golfers and some tennis players could talk about it without eliciting raised eyebrows and some sniggering. But Bob was always ahead of his time.

The old pros were persuaded to give Bob’s idea “a chance”, and they duly did so. Half a day was booked. Things were going reasonably well for half an hour until the infamous line was uttered: “All your time is important, like when you’re having your halftime oranges …”

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