It always used to be said that Ian Bell was a 'flat-track bully', someone who cashed in when the going was easy and yet went curiously missing when England needed him.
The general feeling that he only scored Test centuries when someone else in the team had already done so was repeated in support of the theory that he kept his place in the side only through easy 100s - if indeed such a thing exists.
Bell has got off to a flyer in this series to such an extent that he became only the fourth Englishman to score Ashes centuries in three successive Tests on day one at Lord's.
After famously enduring a wretched 2005 Ashes series when he was 'carried to an MBE' (according to Shane Warne) in England's thrilling victory, Bell has redeemed himself extravagantly against Australia.
Below are Bell's respective averages in Ashes series against the old enemy.
2005 - 171 runs @17.10
2006/7 - 331 runs @33.10
2009 - 140 runs @28.00
2010/11 - 329 runs @65.80
2013 - 243 runs @81.00 (after just three innings)
Indeed, the facts do not lie, as it is so often said.
The last six Test centuries that Bell has scored have all come when the score on the board has been under 122 with four platforms under three figures.