A casual sweep of the newspapers prior to the Test series between England and West Indies indicated that Andrew Strauss was supposedly under a great deal of pressure.
The England captain had indeed endured a torrid run of form prior to the English summer, but he confounded his critics with an unerring knock at Lord's to record his 20th Test ton.
Albeit against an ineffectual West Indies attack, Strauss kept his composure with dark clouds circling and under lights for his fifth century at the Home of Cricket.
In addition to drawing level with team-mate Kevin Pietersen on 20 Test centuries and five at Lord's, he also became just the second man, after Graham Gooch, to make 1,500 Test runs in the sight of Father Time.
Not since Strauss's second-innings 110 in the famous Ashes-opening draw in November 2010 had the England captain reached three figures at Test level.
One innings into England's summer, the 35-year-old has essentially quietened any conjecture about his captaincy.
While Strauss was portayed to have been under pressure outside the England camp, within it his place was never really in doubt.
Andy Flower has always vehemently defended his captain during an extended period of poor form, and the reaction of the dressing room could not have been more telling when he reached three figures.
The entire Lord's crowd rose to salute the humble, friendly and entirely affable England skipper as he raised his bat, and the joyous celebrations from his team-mates left many touched by the reaction.
Make no mistake about it, this has been a real slump from the Middlesex batsman, who had not made a Test century for 18 months, but his resurgent performance to put England in control was met with universal acclaim.
Cliche, perhaps, but the England captain has answered his critics in the best way possible at the start of the international summer.
With a titanic series against South Africa to come after this three-match encounter with West Indies, England certainly needed their skipper to step up and to find form.
The tourists may have a pretty average attack and the runs may have come on a good wicket, but Strauss has reminded everyone that there is much more to his game than simply being a remarkably successful skipper.
Perhaps now he can be left to focus on captaining England without the persistent scrutiny over his place in the team.
STAT OF THE DAY: The last English bowler before Stuart Broad (seven for 72) to take a seven-wicket haul in a Test innings was James Anderson with seven for 43 against New Zealand at Trent Bridge back in June 2008.
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Ever wondered what Ashes hero Chris Old is up to nowadays?
Old played 46 Tests and 32 ODIs for England between 1972 and 1981, while he also had a successful county career, most notably at Yorkshire.
He now spends 24 hours of his week in the rather less glamorous surroundings of Sainsbury's in Truro, Cornwall working for £6 per hour in the newspaper and magazine section.