Sandy coloured, in an impossible situation, everything against it, little chance of survival in this fertile outfield, pursued across the green by the gold adversary.
Somehow, ridiculously, absurdly, preposterously, the ginger prey shows enormous courage and outlandish skill to outwit its hugely advantaged foe.
But enough of Ben Stokes ….. cricket fan or not, that was something else. The cries are still echoing round Headingly, on the plains, the cheetah engineers its next move, sobered by the experience of being caught out earlier.
The sun is setting when it runs off again, the air has cooled and there is just the whining drone of the cicadas, actually make that crickets.