reply to post by AlphaHawk
England have been on the slide for a couple of years now.
We only won The Ashes here in our 'summer' because we had a few exceptionally good days separated by many mediocre one's.
Australia changed coaches during the series and looked at the series as something of a rebuilding exercise all geared towards regaining the urn during
your home series.
And that's exactly what you've done.
Australia worked very hard - England rested on their laurels and assumed they were better cricketers.....but they quite obviously aren't.
Cook has been found out as a batsman and looks a shadow of the player he once was. His on field captaincy has been pretty poor really.
He needs to go away and concentrate on what he does well....which is score runs, his record prior to the last two series has been second to none.
Anderson was at one point possibly the best seam /swing bowler in the world. He too hasn't done anything of note for 2 series now. What's gone wrong
England took 3 tall pace bowlers yet only played one in the first Test and one in the last Test.
Who selected them and why?
Selectors, coaches and the players themselves must share the blame and responsibility.
Swann was the greatest all round spinner in the game 12-24 months ago. He was always relied upon to give his all for the cause and fight to the end.
Yet he quits all cricket mid-tour, why? There's something wrong somewhere.
Trott's mental frailties were apparently well known by all - should he have been allowed to go on such a long and high pressure tour so soon after
the demanding summer series?
Something seriously amiss here.
Pietersen consistently under performs. He's not the only one yet he seems to be the one facing most of flak back home even though he's got more runs
than any other English player on the tour.
Bell has really manned up recently and shown himself to be a class batsman. Barring one innings he's looked like a scared rabbit caught in a cars
headlights on this tour.
Despite a promising start Carberry seems to have gone into himself.
Matty Prior was Mr Reliable - this tour he was average at best behind the stumps and appalling with the bat.
How have so many quality cricketers gone backwards at the same time or developed 'issues'?
None of this should detract from excellent performance of the Aussies.
They did their homework, developed a plan and implemented it very well.
Every one of their players has stepped up to the plate at some point during the series.
They've pulled for each other and played very hard but fair and have been incredibly gracious with it.
England need to look long and hard at themselves, ask some awkward questions of themselves, look at what Australia have done and take note.
We have some exceptionally talented cricketers - they need to start showing it, working hard, grow some balls and stop being pretentious prima
Sorry for the rant like nature but its hard to fully express the embarrassment and indignation I feel at present.
reply to post by bally001
Then again they may not like me beers - they're ice cold flavoured.
Like all Northerners I know there's only one way to drink beer - cold, very cold.
Goodness knows who'll turn up.
Who knows, one of these days I may just turn up unannounced....would have to drag pronto along for the ride as well.
Tragic for the white and reds but honourable foes I admit and I enjoy watching the green and gold thrash them and the kiwis.
That's the worst of it - we just laid down and didn't put up any sort of fight....a national disgrace.
And I assure you, there's nothing more I enjoy than watching us beat the Aussies, at anything but especially cricket.
You can always guarantee that Australia will somehow try and make a fight of things.
Australians - the only people apart from us Brits who see humour in almost every situation and like nothing better than taking the piss out ourselves
and each other.
As for Piers Morgan, he's a complete tosser - we should just leave him with the Yanks, it seems quite a good fit.