Well, to quote a famous Norwegian, our boys took a hell of a beating. A complete whitewash in the Ashes, and very little comfort to be found. The top 5 batsmen in the series: all Australian. Four out of five top bowlers in the series: Australian. Stokes looks like he might develop into a useful all-rounder for England. That’s about it.
I think we all knew we were in trouble when details of the England squad’s dietary requirements were leaked before the series started. As that old moaner Geoffrey Boycott said once everything went pear-shaped, ‘No point drinking kale juice if you’re scared of fast bowling.’
Not that it matters, of course. Things are back to normal (ie being thrashed by the Aussies), and I’ve remembered that I only care about Southend United beating Milwall 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round yesterday.
And yet, and yet ... I’ve just realized that we will be in Brisbane for the Cricket World Cup in February/March 2015. Sadly none of the quarters, semis or final will be played there, but I look forward to supporting Ireland in honour of my mother-in-law (and my strolling player forebears). Will England beat Afghanistan in Sydney? Will England beat anybody? We shall see...