This World Cup is tailored for Asian audiences from the big screen adverts for Indian craft beer to the dry pitches so at least England have done the decent thing by ensuring the largest cricket market in the world stays interested right up until the end of the six-week group stage.
Defeat to Australia at Lord’s has kept Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the shake up for a semi-final place and it could be the very last group game between India and Sri Lanka at Headingley next Saturday before we know the make up of the final four.
England can still ensure that does not happen by winning their last two group games against India on Sunday and New Zealand next week, but they will play those games under extreme pressure, and so far in this World Cup they have not been able to handle the extra level of tension. Lose to India at Edgbaston and their destiny is no longer in their hands.
The permutations are still complex but the match on Wednesday between New Zealand and Pakistan could have big ramifications. If Pakistan win they go one point behind England with two games left to play (against Bangladesh and Afghanistan). Bangladesh also play India, while Sri Lanka have matches against two teams already out - South Africa and West Indies - and finish with India, who should have qualified by then.
England can still scrape through with one victory but that would leave some sleepless nights as they rely on other teams in the final few days of the group stage.
Squeak through over the next week and England could still be crowned champions back at Lord’s on July 14. All of this will then be history and form the backbone of post-retirement stories of how bulldog spirit saw them through.
But for that to happen somehow Eoin Morgan needs to galvanise a team that has frozen with the bat (against Sri Lanka), in the field (against Pakistan) and with the ball (against Australia).
This example of nerves was the most surprising of the lot because an overcast morning at Lord’s and a green pitch was just the kind of comfort blanket needed after losing to Sri Lanka.
Morgan was right to bat first and Aaron Finch agreed he would have done the same thing but England failed to take their advantage and Joe Root must have been full of empathy for Morgan having experienced his own bowlers waste a new ball in an Ashes Test in Adelaide when they bowled too short in swinging conditions.
Chris Woakes pitched it up and cut Aussie openers in half with movement through the air. Australians were playing and missing, balls flew inches over the top of the stumps and Finch flashed over second slip to his first ball. That was at the Nursery End. From the Pavilion End it was a different story.
Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have been successful in this World Cup by hitting the pitch hard and extracting pace off the surface. But this required a different approach, it was about old fashioned line and length and letting the conditions do the rest. But whether it was nerves, pain from his left side that required a morning fitness test or just a poor performance, Archer put in his worst display for England in the most high-profile game of his career so far.
England’s strength has been the way their bowlers “hunt” in a pack. But while Woakes was bowling beautifully Archer, and then Wood, let the pressure off giving a good cutter and puller like Finch too many chances to free his arms.
Archer’s first ball was driven for four by Finch and when he went around the wicket in his second over to Warner he dropped short and was pulled to the boundary. Archer was soon punching his thigh in frustration when he was cut by Warner down the slope to the Mound Stand. Wood was pulled for two fours in his second over and in the drinks break moments later Morgan pulled him aside for a long chat.
The bowlers had let Australia slip from their grasp, Morgan went on the defensive with his fields and Warner and Finch had provided another rock solid foundation. The camera zoomed in on Chris Silverwood, the England bowling coach, never a sign a team is doing well after winning the toss.
During the innings break Finch was asked if length would be the key to bowling. “Absolutely,” he said. To rub it in a little more, Jason Behrendorff, who took five wickets, said after the game: “We assessed where they bowled. They were not hitting the stumps too many times so we made a conscious effort to get it up there and hit the stumps as many times as we could.” Behrendorff bowled James Vince second ball of the innings. Point proved.