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The Ashes 2013-14

A catalogue of underperformance

Jan 6, 2014: ESPNcricinfo examines how England's players acquitted themselves during the disastrous 5-0 defeat in Australia

George Dobell

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

England bloody Australia at last

Dec 27, 2013: Australia's batsmen demonstrated familiar frailty as they batted second for the first time in the series and lurched to 9 for 164, still 91 behind

The Report by Daniel Brettig

The Ashes 2013-14

Jimmy Anderson's Australian lament

Dec 16, 2013: James Anderson has been one of the most skilful bowlers of the modern age, but when George Bailey thrashed 28 off one over it was a reminder that Australia has not always been kind to him

Jarrod Kimber

Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

England sailing on a sinking vessel

Dec 16, 2013: James Anderson flogged, Kevin Pietersen throwing away his wicket and Stuart Broad hobbling around painted a picture of defeat as the Ashes drifted away from England

George Dobell at the WACA

Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day

Bailey hits world-record 28 off over

Dec 16, 2013: James Anderson conceded a world-record 28 runs off the final over of Australia's innings as he came under an assault from George Bailey.

Brydon Coverdale

England in Australia 2013-14

Pietersen, Anderson rested from limited-overs squads

Dec 10, 2013: England have rested Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and James Anderson from the limited-overs squads for the series in Australi

George Dobell

Raise courage and commitment, England

Dec 10, 2013: The ability to respond to challenges that are beyond the daily call is diminished by overkill, but that is precisely the task ahead of Cook and Co

Mark Nicholas

The masks we wear

Nov 28, 2013: Often what we see of cricketers on the field is not their real selves. It's just a facade that hides the confusion that resides within

Martin Crowe

The Ashes 2013-14

Clarke standing up for Bailey - Warne

Nov 25, 2013: Shane Warne has called the ICC's decision to fine Michael Clarke "a disgrace", claiming that Clarke was only standing up for his players after James Anderson threatened to punch George Bailey in the face.

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Ashes 2013-14

How Jimmy earned Australia's respect

Nov 12, 2013: A decade on from his first visit down under, James Anderson has earned the admiration of Australians who once dismissed him as a soft target

Daniel Brettig

The Ashes 2013-14

New conditions don't worry us

Oct 31, 2013: It was good to get away from cricket after a hectic summer, but you soon started itching to start again. Now we are in Australia the excitement is growing ahead of a fantastic challenge

Ian Bell

The Ashes 2013-14

Anderson eager for pace and bounce

Oct 21, 2013: James Anderson has welcomed the suggestion that Australia will prepare relatively helpful pitches for seamers in the forthcoming Ashes series.

George Dobell

Anderson aims for 400 Test wickets

Oct 15, 2013: England fast bowler James Anderson has his sights on 400 Test wickets, a mark he said he could reach in around two years as long as he remains fit

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia in England 2013

Cook among England players rested

Aug 27, 2013: England have rested Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad from the ODI series against Australia after their involvement in the 3-0 Ashes victory

Alan Gardner

The Investec Ashes 2013

England knew how to seize moment

Aug 26, 2013: England's brand of cricket was not always admired during the Ashes but they able to seize the moment and produce periods of exhilarating play

George Dobell

The Investec Ashes 2013

Not their best, but good enough from England

Aug 26, 2013: ESPNcricinfo assesses the performances of the England players who appeared in the Ashes series

George Dobell

England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 2nd day

What's next for England?

Aug 22, 2013: The nucleus of this England side is not going to change overnight, but some key players are now the wrong side of 30 and will leave tough holes to fill when the time comes

George Dobell

Much closer than 3-0

Aug 16, 2013: Despite the series scoreline, England's batting average is only 3.66 more than Australia's, which is the lowest since 1970 in a series with a margin of three of more Tests

S Rajesh

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Durham, 4th day

A magical session, but England can get better

Aug 12, 2013: Nine wickets in a dramatic session saw England surge to a series victory, but that should not be allowed to gloss over the issues raised against Australia

George Dobell at Chester-le-Street

England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Chester-le-Street

Tremlett and Onions at crossroads

Aug 7, 2013: If life was fair and just both reserve quicks would get a chance to show they can cut it at Test level, but that is not the way professional sport works

George Dobell
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