...stay. Alastair Cook's stint as England cricket captain had run its course before the drubbing in India.
...fight. But again they don't look to be in the best shape when they let the Burnley Bumpkin get a third five for in the series.
...series? England have convincingly won the first test match of their last two series only to roll over and capitulate, after their 169 run victory in the Ashes opener can they stop the Aussies at Lord's?
...New Zealand. The recent two Test match “series” between England and New Zealand finished all-square with both sides getting what they deserved but the punters missing out on what should have been a deciding third game.
..."It's the way I play". This has been some top trolling by Graves, Strauss and the rest at the ECB, which all should be glad about, never mind the gnashing of the teeth of those that don't have to put up with Kevin Pietersen.
...pitch. England were handed the ideal Headingley pitch for them to wrap up the two match series against Sri Lanka, it may have come down to the last over again but they blew it.
...he's the problem. OK so he's not the only problem with the current England set-up that led to the 5-0 whitewash thumping handed out to them by Australia in this Ashes series. But he's the start of it all.
...in Manchester, what are the chances? England sit here on Tuesday morning still holding the Ashes but they could quite easily be sitting there looking down the wrong end of a 2-1 deficit to the worst Aussie side since crying Kim's.
...gone in tests. England go into today's one day international against South Africa trying to hang onto their top place in the rankings for the 50 over game but the one that really matters is gone.
...on that? England in subcontinent conditions against a side that had lost one of their previous 15 one day internationals and had just stuffed them three zip in the test series.
...a one day game at that? England beat Pakistan for the first time on this tour. What's going off out there?
...disguise? England yet again stuff India, this time by an innings and plenty, to take over from the visitors as the number one ranked team in the world.
...my chips why don't you. Thought England would struggle to manage anything but a thrashing at the hands of one day specialist Sri Lanka. Not so.
...meh. A drab, rain affected, test match in Wales was no way to hail the returning Ashes heroes and it looked to be ending in a damp squib until Sri Lanka pulled something out of the bag.