This kind of drubbing shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone though. England start tours abysmally - India, New Zealand, The UAE and Sri-Lanka, all resulted in collapses and losses or narrow escapes. Even the 2010 opening sortie of the Australian leg of the Ashes started badly.
As we bid farewell to them, the 18 months that these four men spent sweeping aside all before them will live long in the memory. This standard of cricket in this summer's Ashes series had nothing on the five act Greek comedy/tragedy (depending on which hemisphere you come from) that 2005 served up...
This Saturday marks a year since Danny Boyle's glorious opening ceremony and just remembering those glorious two-and-a-half-weeks is spine tingling. We would never have it as good. Only we would just one year later.
The spirit of cricket is not a cocktail that drives Freddie Flintoff into a pedalo at past midnight, or convinces David Warner he is actually David Haye. It is a moral code enshrined in the preamble to the law of the game - professional players can be fined and banned for not upholding it.
There is little doubt that Prior is an accomplished enough batsman to succeed as a Test number six. Whether engineering such a change would suit England is another issue. Whilst Prior's personal statistics would likely vary little, the efficacy of England's lower order might well diminish - it is probably not a risk worth taking.
The phrase "damp squib" should be trade marked by the International Cricket Council to describe the first phase of all its tournaments and the current...
The battle for the honour of being the world's best test cricket team should have been one of the highlights of the summer but the Kevin Pietersen saga has cast a very dark shadow over the spectacle. One that for the sake of English cricket needs to be resolved swiftly.
The Pietersen saga illustrates one of the key dilemmas of management and leadership. Star players (whether in sport or business) are often 'difficult' individuals - egotistical, conceited and selfish, yet sometimes, insecure and needy. How is it best to deal with them when they step out of line?
As the country basked in a glow created by unity and sporting glory a small enclave called cricketland, went off like an episode of Jeremy Kyle.
The England cricket team run out at Lords, Jonathan Agnew and Henry Blofeld finally give you something worthwhile to listen to on the radio and rain lashes most of the country. The great British summer has arrived.
When Andrew Strauss leads his England team onto the field at Lords on Thursday morning, it should inform the British public that summer has arrived.
After much trumpeting, backslapping and hour-long specials on Sky TV, last summer England were anointed world number one test side and presented with the ICC Disco Mace by a roller skating Sister Sledge (it is nearly camp enough for this to have really happened).
2012 was always going to be a tough year for the England cricket team. With two subcontinent tours and a home series against the number two test team in the world, it's a tough line up, even without the added pressure of their recently attained number one test team status.
One of the greatest things Australian sport has ever given the world was to convince everyone of its complete supremacy. That's not to say that Australians are not good at sport. Far from it. Its just that we're not actually as good at it as you might think.
A little after Rahul Dravid reached his 34th test hundred on the second day of the India-England test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Alan Wilkins ...