CLASS: AB de Villiers
Lesser players will take solace from the fact that even the great AB de Villiers also suffers from the “nervous nineties”.

De Villiers certainly did on Sunday en route to a magical century that allowed South Africa to take control of the second Test at St George’s Park.

The 34-year-old says of his unbeaten 126 in the first innings: “It is right up there with the best feeling ever. Ten out of 10.”

After his first Test ton since 2015 and 21st in total, he adds: “I was very relieved. I was very nervous in the 90s.

“It might not have showed, but I was telling Vernon [Philander] out there that I was struggling to breathe.

“My legs literally went numb.

“It is funny to hear someone that’s played for 13-14 years say that, but it is true. It really meant a lot to me that 100.

“I had to keep reminding myself in the 90s that it was not about myself, but about contributing to the team as much as possible. That made me feel a little bit better.”