Rumours of England's demise may have been grossly exaggerated and they have opportunity to prove as much in Manchester this week.
A first defeat of the summer at Lord's at the hands of a vibrant Pakistan outfit could be just the wake up call Alistair Cook's side require after a performance with the bat which smacked of complacency. Too many of the top order got starts but were dismissed through an injudicious choice of shot with Yasir Shah the main beneficiary.
The likeable leggie bagged six wickets in the first innings despite barely turning a ball off a straight line as a succession of England's batting mainstay failed to make a sizeable contribution. In fairness to the batters, Misbah ul Haq won a vital toss - yet again - and is rivalling Dynamo with the magic he produces with a coin. It wasn't all bad luck for England though with some of the misfortune self imposed.
The presence of a seemingly-fit James Anderson may well have limited the tourists to 250 given the negligible impact Steven Finn made with the ball.
Anderson, controversially consigned to the bench by England's medical department, is back in the fold at his home ground as is a fit-again Ben Stokes whose presence will also make a huge difference. Stokes came through his comeback game for Durham without a niggle and looked in sharp form with ball and bat, steering his side to a narrow win at the expense of Anderson's Lancashire.
Old Trafford played host to Beyoncé recently and the wicket looks a case of 'if you like it then you should have a bat on it' with the toss sure to again prove crucial with a turning track certain to be in play in the fourth innings.
England must have talked about the best method of combatting Yasir and I can't envisage Joe Root throwing away his wicket in the manner he did twice at Lord's. A natural number three or not, Root batted serenely in the first innings and looks the play to top the scoring charts for England with the possibility of reverse swing and spin a tough examination for an inexperienced middle order.
England did plenty wrong at Lord's but they have a solid record in Manchester and have reached a backable price, especially if Cook can call correctly.
Support the hosts to bounce back and Mohammed Amir to prove the most potent threat in the Pakistan attack. The reintegrated seamer found some real rhythm and confidence at the tail end of the first Test and could be a tough proposition to face on a track with more pace and bounce than Lord's.