...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.
...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.
...propensity to choke. You can't weigh up England at this World Cup, they tie with and beat tournament favourites while struggling and losing to minnows, so defeat to Bangladesh then?
...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.
...history. England chasing down 293 to beat the Netherlands in their World Cup opener. Yes let me repeat that the Netherlands, which they did with a whole 8 balls to spare.
...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.
...is the most shocking thing. Is it any real shock that members of the Pakistan cricket team have been implicated in a betting scam as a middle man took £150k and the no-balls followed.
...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.
...Shep. Sad news yesterday that one of the best and most admired cricket umpires David Shepherd has died after his battle with cancer.
...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.