...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.
...as it started. With a Kevin Pietersen orchestrated mess. Though in classic Andrew Strauss style as he quit cricket completely he played down the chance to stick the knife in.
...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.
...to blow it. But they couldn't just manage it because as with 11 previous Test matches when they have Tim Bresnan in the side they just win even if he doesn't do that much.
...to a new level. Just when they were thinking the last test match was just a blip they go and surpass it. I wonder if they'll learn from this or just take the positives.
...this series thumping. Has there ever been a team to come to these shores and be on the end of such a shellacking in a test match series?
...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.
...right up until they got stuffed. With a full house at Lord's for the final day of the opening Test of the series against India it got a bit screechy until the Indians were put out of their misery.
...not to lose. Andrew Strauss needed a carrot to dangle in front of the Sri Lankan batsmen to get a result at Lords' but chose to bat on and on and on, seemingly scared his bowlers would give it up in extras.
...of both victory and defeat. Even with a magnificent 158 from Andrew Strauss that surpassed Tendulkar's ton, thanks to more ineptness from Anderson England managed a last ball tie with India.
...don't you? With over 12,000 test runs in the bag, after his misses the final test of this series is that for him in the baggy green, set to be remembered for losing three Ashes series?
...series? So far bar the third test in Australia matching the fourth in 2009 when England were hammered it's pretty much panning out the same with England unable to lead from the front.
...you lost the Ashes...again! It feels a lot different from 2005 doesn't it, which is better, it's hard to say. Two mediocre teams playing some poor cricket but do England have a future with this side?
...bat!! Everything points to batting doesn't it the overnight rain the humidity your choice to go in a batsmen down and with a bowler extra - all out 102 says great call lads.
...just one needed. After the rain had the biggest say on the draw in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston, it's down to Headingley and the Oval, can England just get one more win and seal it or will this barbecue summer have the final say?