I, like many others, believed that a number of variables heading into this Ashes series would level the playing field: the delayed preparations, the two pink-ball Tests, and the absence of a match in Perth.
I was mistaken. England’s preparations have left them vulnerable to an Australian squad that includes several players who have been gaining match practice in the Sheffield Shield.
Joe Root’s side surrendered their fight to reclaim the urn after only 12 days of cricket, the most recent of which was a meek capitulation to 68 all out in the third Test, which they lost by an innings and 14 runs.
England has been chastised for its decision-making throughout the year and following their arrival in Australia. Root, coach Chris Silverwood, and the rest of the team’s leadership will be scrutinized.
However, if you can’t bat, you will not win games of cricket – and England have barely batted in these first three Tests.
Just look at their totals: 147, 297, 236, 192, 185 and 68. It is not good enough.
Source: BBC Sport