England are nursing self-inflicted wounds this Australian summer. Two Tests down in the Ashes, the picture is looking nothing like the one anticipated ahead of the high stakes game of two nearly equally matched teams competing for history. At this point, it is going to take nothing short of a miracle for England to turn their fortunes around.
Going into the Ashes 2017, England players would have been well aware of England’s previous down under debacle of the ignominious 5-0 series whitewash in the 2013-’14 series. Arguably in with a better chance under a new skipper and a fresh-faced team making steady progress in their own summer, ironically the shenanigans off the field have been both, trite and endless.
Sadly for England, there has been no good news on the field either. Much was expected with this tour being England’s first Ashes under Joe Root since the stepping down of Alastair Cook. Although the series briefly witnessed Root’s pointed captaincy in the field to thwart the efforts of the two mainstay batsmen for Australia, England could not reciprocate the favour of having one of their batsmen stand up when it mattered most as Australia had done with a solitary strong performance in every innings thus far, with contributions from skipper Steven Smith, David Warner and an unlikely candidate in Shaun Marsh.
Already on the backfoot with their expectations blunted after their enterprising all-rounder, Ben Stokes - who had a great s