The last time Australia won an Ashes series was on January 5, 2007, almost seven years ago. It has been an auspicious period for a group of exceptional England players.
Having won three successive Ashes series and comprehensively defeated Australia on their home soil in 2010/11, the capitulation in this series has been alarming and deeply humbling for Andy Flower's men.
Some of the same cricketers who were humiliated last time Down Under have excelled. Mitchell Johnson has found the most glorious redemption; Michael Clarke has led a quite stunning resurgence.
Ashes cycles ensure that no teamRead More »from England’s prosperous Ashes cycle ends, but now Cook has big opportunity