Onny Bairstow, the architect of an impressive fightback, says England never worried when they fell to 48 for four in the opening morning of the first Test against the West Indies.
Bairstow made his eighth Test century, and second in as many games this year, to help England to 268 for six at stumps, giving them the best of the day.
But earlier the picture had looked rather bleak, with the top four gone in just over an hour against excellent fast bowling.
“No, not at all,” Bairstow said when asked if there was a sense of panic in the locker room as a scene that is no different from how the ashes unfolded.
“[These are] Completely different surfaces, completely different attack, completely different ball. It was always going to be cheesy to see the pitch yesterday. They were obviously worried that it would break quite heavily, there was moisture in that wicket this morning. You go through that first session and that new ball.
“It’s something that’s built into the game, you know you can get to tough places and it’s about staying there as long as you can and grinding. That’s what we do. , we will come back tomorrow and we will come back.
Bairstow said he was “thrilled” with his rounds.
“I’m thrilled, absolutely. Starting the series like that is something we really want to please to score a hundred in the West Indies.
“I think it’s good to start the year like this. Obviously, I didn’t start in the Ashes, but I had my chance and I tried to take it. It’s been a good build and to start this series that way is fantastic, I’m delighted. Hopefully we’ll get started.