...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.
...doesn't matter. Females or no females I've said it before and I'll say it again. There's only one winner. Cav. The Manx Missile. Mark Cavendish.
...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.
...I almost forgot. It's been a bit remiss of me, what's it been a week now after the Aussies were yet again crushed in their own backyard by an innings, for the third time.
...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.
...on a cricket pitch again? The amount of battering his knees had taken over the last decade, with the operations and injections it's not a shock Andrew Flintoff announce his retirement from the game.
...mistake. They don't win World Cup finals at cricket, they got there years back and then were just pipped at the post but recently they've been embarrassed early on but not now. And the Aussies look less and less invincible.
...touring Australia on the next Ashes. Or carrying the drinks round grounds in South Africa this winter, as the England selectors looked to have called time on Steve Harmison's disappointing England career.
...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?
...and think it was the team strategy? Nearly everything that Justin Langer put down in his assessment of the England players proved right in their humiliating innings defeat at Headingley.
...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?
...only in a role reversal kind of way. England doing what Australia did four years back and now losing a star player Kevin Pietersen. But he isn't the same loss Glenn McGrath was back then.
...England will miss. As Andrew Flintoff rips through the Aussies and England finally get a win at Lord's we see the bowler England will miss the one that lifts all around him and intimidates those facing.