England first. Well, it was a diabolical performance to be sure.The opposition are allowed to play well, but our batsmen have a lot of work to do before the next game. Some disturbing echoes of the first Test of the Pakistan tour in late 2005, following on from triumphs in that summer. Surely history won’t be repeated? I think not. If they play really well in the next game and win it, this post will make make me look silly. I can live with that.
And Australia? They have found some good new bowlers – Pattinson, Cummins – and some existing ones – Siddle, Hilfenhaus – have been rejuvenated. It helps that they are playing a pathetic India side, which surely needs to be broken up now.