In the aftermath of an embarrassing 2015 Cricket World Cup campaign, England captain Eoin Morgan was talking to Brendon McCullum, whose team had done decidedly better.

Morgan was looking for a way out of the negativity that always seemed to wrap its arms around England, particularly around World Cup time. He liked what he saw when he watched the Black Caps play and wondered why his infinitely better resourced team could not do something similar.

What McCullum told him, essentially, was that England had to learn to play without fear. They were a team of great players who all played