England cricket’s frailties in the United Arab Emirates merely confirmed that it was the most sub-standard Ashes contest of all-time last summer.
England saw off Australia because the likes of Joe Root, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson glossed over some glaring weaknesses.
England have no reliable opening batting partner for Alistair Cook, no quality slow bowler and they still have Ian Bell, a man so far past his sell-by date Environmental Health officers should start taking an interest.
New super-coach Trevor Bayliss ‘rewarded’ Moeen Ali’s excellence at number eight by moving him up to open. His failure was no suprise. England will lose this series and get battered in South Africa. Why? Because they are bang average.