...stay. Alastair Cook's stint as England cricket captain had run its course before the drubbing in India.
...runs. How bad are India at Test cricket? They had England one nil down, down and out, and walk away with a 3-1 series defeat with the most miserable displays you've seen.
...lost yet another cricket final. Even though this one didn't end up as a 50 over game, rain reducing it to a T20 bash, they still couldn't help themselves from choking.
...is slightly over the top. Would it really have mattered a bit what he scored if England's bowlers couldn't take 20 wickets?
...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.
...again? If you didn't know the test rankings but were told one of these was number one and then watched the first two tests of this series you wouldn't pick India, would you even have them in the top 5?
...for the set. Ian Bell wasn't naive but just slack and stupid to be run out before tea on the fourth day of the second test. But apparently he was only partly to blame.
...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.
...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?
...way. England batting, bowling and fielding like bums shouldn't take away from a great victory by Ireland in the World Cup or the great innings by Kevin O'Brien.
...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.
...of the day. But not just one day, every day it seems I get a bunch of spam comments getting through all but one of the filters the contents of which don't seem to link to anything, so what's the point of the spam?
...from terrorists. Imran Khan was so sure of it, I think he was the only one but I doubt he thinks that way now after the Sri Lankan tourists were attacked in Lahore.
...from the jaws of victory. Then an England cricket team will do it's very best to find it. Yet again the find a way to lose after setting a record target.