While we might have avoided an FA Cup googly in the third round against Crystal Palace last weekend, one interested onlooker at the Lane is more than used to playing a straight bat when such instances arise.
It might have appeared that the visiting Marcus Trescothick was swapping the sticky wicket of Sri Lankan tour for our own - now hopefully concluded - rough patch, but the England opening batsman did hope he would prove something of a lucky charm when he spoke to Spurs News Online ahead of the game.
"Let's hope so! It is a big game and certainly a big competition, so I hope it goes the right way."
It certainly did, as we all know now. So what is the Tottenham connection between the Somerset player and self-confessed Bristol City fan?
"I don't know, to be honest," pondered Marcus, who was presented with a signed jersey. "Spurs are a team that I have always just kept an eye on, but Bristol City are my first club with being born and bred in Bristol.
"As far as the Premiership stuff goes when we are away, Spurs are the first club I look out for."
Keeping up with sporting events at home must be an all together less daunting prospect these days for the cricket boys when they embark on their lengthy jaunts to far-flung Test arenas...
"Yes, definitely," he agreed. "With technology the way it is these days, it is very simple to catch up on even the local papers even when you are 10,000 miles away. You log on, get details of all the news and sport and catch up really quickly."
The next such tour begins next month when England head off to tackle the fast bowling might of the West Indies.
"They are a good side and are having a tough tour out in South Africa at the moment, but have come on really well as a team in the last couple of years.
"It is not an easy place to go," he cautiously countered to the suggestion that the public will anticipate an England triumph.
"Australia went there last year and found it tough so it is going to be a challenge for us. We competed hard in Sri Lanka and we are going to have to do the same in the West Indies."