The English cricket team are going through a very bad time. The most recent overnight surrender points to a lack of self-belief. Two years ago, we celebrated victory in an epic Ashes confrontation. Today we wonder where it has all gone. The BBC commentary team were clear in their assessment of the top order batters’ performance: they got out to poor shot selection, rather than to the Aussie bowlers.

You can deploy all the usual excuses: it’s the captain; it’s the coach; it’s the loss of some key players; it’s the poor preparation; it’s allowing WAGs to be around, undermining the team’s focus etc. However, they’re good players, so what’s gone wrong?
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