...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.