I can recall talking to him during a practice match at Northampton in 2009 where he was trying to regain some confidence but the self-doubt was consuming him. Only wickets will banish the demons from within. I am not sure leaving Mitch out of the Adelaide Test is the best option at present, but I can guarantee you that a selector coming out and stating that he is on borrowed time will help.
The last thing Test cricket needs in a world of Twenty20 is a series of draws that are virtually pre-determined. The Adelaide Oval, where the second Test starts on Friday, has a reputation for being flat rivalled only by X Factor participants.
I remember the England supporters walking silently through the Adelaide streets. I snatched a solitary meal between bouts of frenzied writing, the other restaurant tables full of England followers managing the occasional hoarse and reluctant guffaw. I remember queueing for the plane the next morning; all the English journos had the thousand-yard stare of Vietnam vets. It was as if we had witnessed the most horrific car accident.
Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here