In baseball parlance, pinch hitting is when a fresh batter (also known as the hitter) replaces another, always from the reserves on the bench, for the purpose of increasing offense.
I have been pinch hitting with one huge difference: I decrease “cricket offense” by doing so. But pinch hit I must; and perhaps I have brought the UK “a little bit of luck”.
Destiny is not altogether in the England’s (I formerly had written “U.K.”: Apologies to my Scottish relatives!) hands. A few bricks need to fall into place to reach the Quarter Finals. But if I keep pinch hitting, this seems a shoe-in. (Readers of my earlier piece on New York City street games, and the relative complexities of cricket to baseball, will recognize the shoe pun. [What pun?])