Durham has waited a very long time to host an Ashes Test, and after a desperately attritional and turgid morning session some must have wondered why there was so much hype surrounding the match.
Alastair Cook always said that his side would not take unnecessary risks in attempting to build a big first-innings total, and he really, really meant it.
England had their joint-fourth longest wait for a boundary in a Test innings over the last six years on day one of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street after Cook won the toss on a good wicket.
The opening day in Durham saw England take 12 overs to score a boundary as Cook and Joe Root bided their time in an incredibly sluggish opening session.
Indeed, the England captain took three overs to even connect with the ball after demonstrating his full repertoire of leaves, shrugs, sways, ducks and weaves.
There are only eight cases since that date of a Test side not managing to muster a single boundary or losing a wicket in the first 10 overs of an innings.
Of the five top-order batsmen in this Ashes series with strike-rates of below 45 - with a minimum of 50 balls faced - four play for England, with Cook's side continuing with their restrained, conservative approach that has proved largely successful so far.
But while there were some frustrated England supporters after an opening session that saw just 57 runs at 2.11 per over, it was undoubtedly a sensible and entirely justified approach as the hosts look to build a solid platform for the remainder of the Test.
The pitch at Chester-le-Street is expected to break up over the course of the five days and, with spinner Graeme Swann the leading wicket-taker in the series so far, Cook is right to ensure that his side bat sensibly to provide him with a cushion from which to attack.
After all, England have already retained the Ashes and require only a draw to win them outright - given Australia's periods of utter dominance, such a feat would not be something to take lightly.
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