...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.
...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.
...same idiots. All those lessons that the England team leaned at Cardiff were put into good use yesterday at Lord's as the batsmen protected their wicket and give them away with stupid shots against inept bowling.
...don't help the knees. Andrew Flintoff announced he'll be quitting test cricket after this Ashes series to go and slog his knackered joints out in the one day game, was he better than the numbers suggest?
...crowd nutters and a bit of shenanigans. That's what got England out of Cardiff without being one nil down in the Ashes, poor performance all round even with Collingwood, Monty and Anderson on the last day.
...that's the way I get out. That's they way I help lose Tests matches. England got up to 435 against a not great Australian attack in the first innings of the Ashes, could have been so much better if Kevin Pietersen wasn't a clown.
...and a lot of the time it ends in a whimper. So statistically England's greatest captain Michael Vaughan, with no real chance of an international comeback, announced his immediate retirement from cricket.