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.
It's certainly a big decision for Cook and Andy Flower to make. While they won't want to discard Compton seemingly on the back of a couple of bad matches, they must plan not only for this Ashes series, but the one that subsequently follows and the long-term future as well.
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There is a lot to be hopeful about in this current squad. Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahudullah and Nasir Hossain all came of age last year with significant contributions, whilst Anamal Haque, Abul Hasan and Sohag Gazi all showed promise during their maiden test series against the West Indies. Throw in Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order and we start looking pretty solid.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bat.
England won the toss and decided to Field.
Sri Lanka won the first Test against England in Galle by 75 runs despite Jonathan Trott's century.
It was England versus Mahela Jayawardene on day one of the first Test in Sri Lanka. Having lost what looked to be a crucial toss, Strauss and his men faced a long hot day in the field.
Samit Patel is ready to prove he is worthy of a first Test cap against Sri Lanka later this month.
England take on India at Trent Bridge in the second test.
What goes around comes around. Back in 1884, when the English took on the aussies on what was to become the home of cricket, little would have the suited gentleman sitting on the Pavilion end balcony imagined that the same hallowed turf will host test no. 2000 almost 127 years later.