The worst defeat, then, in 85 years, looms. Oh deary me. It seems that winning the Ashes in 2005 was the worst thing that could have possibly happened. England have gone into this Ashes series woefully under-prepared, without the appetite for a win. After this, there are a couple of one-dayers against the Oz, then a triangular one-day series against the Oz and NZ. Then it’ll be time for the

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