Australia have not won a competitive match across all forms of the game since February, yet it is England who are fielding the difficult questions.
After a gruelling series the final Ashes test was today drawn but not without controversy
With the rain affected fifth test at the Oval heading for a draw, captain Alistair Cook will lift the Ashes following what little play is left.
Australia always take defeat hard and to go into this week's final Ashes test at the Oval three down with one to play is a bitter pill to swallow.
In picking the young Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan in an unusually expansive 14-man squad for the final Test at The Oval, England are either drawing a line under the Test career of Monty Panesar or, in keeping him out of the limelight, showing some understanding and duty of care to a troubled cricketer going through a tough patch in his personal life.
KP should be fit to join his England teammates in the final Ashes test at the Oval after a period of rest say the ECB
The dust has settled and suddenly we find ourselves back where we were a couple of weeks ago, with England sitting pretty and Australia holed beneath the waterline and sinking.
Happy New Year! An ODI record set by a 16 year old Shahid Afridi that stood for 17 years was smashed by Corey Anderson's 36 ball century.
Only his 3rd series defeat in 15, the knee jerk reactionary criticism of England Coach is highly unwarranted.
With the Ashes due to start tonight, we look at the five players who could decide the fate of the famous urn.