Best glad to find his top gear
Tino Best insists he has added control to his game after impressing with the ball and, most memorably, the bat on his Test return at Edgbaston.
Best was once described as "a Ferrari without a steering wheel" but that reflected the fact that the West Indies bowler's searing pace was not always married to accuracy, while his tail-end hitting was most readily associated with Andrew Flintoff's famous "mind the windows" sledge.
That was until yesterday, when Best hammered England's attack around Edgbaston for 95 - a world record for a Test number 11 - in a last-wicket stand of 143 with centurion Denesh Ramdin.
In his first Test appearance for three years, he followed that up with two for 37 in 12 consistent overs, with a wild full toss which struck England captain Andrew Strauss on the gloves a rare reminder of his past incarnation.
A meeting of minds with former England international Devon Malcolm - in many ways a kindred spirit - gave Best an upbeat perspective on his striking epithet and he feels he is now better able to channel his gifts.
"I think it is a little bit more under control now," he said.
"I remember back in the day me and Devon Malcolm had a long chat and he said: 'If people call you a Ferrari without a steering wheel, at least you are a Ferrari.
"'That means you are quality. They are not calling you a Toyota Prius'.
"We just had to work on the control. I'm understanding bowling and to work with (Windies coach) Ottis Gibson is a real honour because he was England bowling coach and they ascended to number one.
"I will continue to pick Ottis' brain and try to improve my game and improve myself as a person."
But for all the improvements in his primary role, a washed-out dead rubber will be remembered for Best's blistering onslaught yesterday morning which threatened to bring him an astonishing Test century.
He perished five short, top-edging Graham Onions to Strauss while perhaps targeting the glasswork after all, but had already gone beyond the previous record from number 11, India's Zaheer Khan's 75 against Bangladesh.
"The innings was good," said Best. "I just really tried to put my head down and execute, respect the balls in good areas, back myself and back my ability."
When the question of a move up the order was raised, though, Best said: "I'll try to break my own record at number 11!"
Reflecting on his long absence from the international scene, Best admitted: "I always had the doubt (I might never play international cricket) again.
"My people back in Barbados in my community were telling me 'don't give up, you can bowl quick'.
"I just put my head down, ran in quick for Barbados and people took notice and said 'I think he's a bit more mature than before' and I got my chance.
"As I told Darren (Sammy, captain), it's an honour to put on the maroon cap."