"It's like déjà vu, all over again."

Yogi Berra may probably not have paid too much attention to the England Women's cricket team. But his words from the 1960s aptly describe the loop the team has existed in for far too long.

The familiarity of the situation - defeat in a global tournament against Australia Women - almost has a comforting feel to it. This is the third time England have fallen to their Ashes foes in the World T20. The previous two defeats have come in the final. Whisper it, but this loss might be no bad thing.

For now, the bitter taste will linger. Three times in the tournament England pushed matches to the brink when they looked home and hosed. The first two times were seen as triumphs of will. Mark Robinson, their coach, knows what tight wins do to teams. How it unites them and gives them that experience of getting over the line in pressure situations. Sarah Taylor said that winning matches in that situation - off the last ball (against West Indies) or with little left in the shed (against India) - is the best feeling in the world. Against Australia, England pushed too far and sent the match and themselves over the edge.

Make no mistake, there has been enough to encourage on this tour. The acquisition of Robinson - one of the best coaches to be within sniping distance of this team -has given the players a new lease of life. With him have come ideas and most of the players are buying into these ideas.

Six sixes were hit by England batsmen in the tournament: no great feat, on the face of it. But when you consider some of the tricky pitches they have played on and the fact that Tammy Beaumont hit four of them, they carry a lot more weight. Beaumont, in particular, has relished the opportunity to be the explosive option at the top of the order. Her form is as much a feather in Robinson's cap as it is a nod to questionable management before him that meant Beaumont played no international cricket in 2015.

And, from that perspective, Beaumont's story is as much a warning as it is a triumph. Robinson saw something in the nets that he could exploit. But Beaumont has spent most of her playing career in the nets. When she was dropped in 2014, she spent the following winter in the nets, focusing on hitting down the ground and working to make the most of her power. But it took a poor Ashes summer last year and a brand new coach for her to get back in the XI. She was almost always in the squad, but never in the XI.

It's not too hard to predict an England XI and get it spot on. In the last two years, there have been no new T20I caps handed out. They can argue that they've had a settled side. They can also argue that they have given players their opportunities very early - Beaumont debuted at 18, Tash Farrant at 17 - and so their inclusions over this period won't have registered.

But if you at home can predict an England XI, then so can the opposition. When Lydia Greenway came to the crease, Australia captain Meg Lanning had cut off almost all her scoring shots. Knowing Greenway's propensity to hit across the line in search for boundaries, Lanning stationed fielders out at midwicket, both in and out of the ring.

You wonder how much time Greenway has left. Of those in this World T20 squad, her position is perhaps the most unsafe. Her last T20I half-century came in August 2013. The ODI record has her back, but even two half-centuries in 12 innings is not a strong defence.

On the other side of the spectrum is Sarah Taylor. She has fits and starts but Taylor is too good for fits and starts. She needs purples patches as far as the eye can see. She's a scorer of great runs but she needs to be a great run-scorer. Heather Knight, too, needs to rediscover what it is that made her such a rock in the middle order. She's done a job with the ball but failing to score double-figures in four knocks is poor.

It's all well and good bellowing for change, but who are the alternates? And the answer is… well… we don't really know. Because away from Kate Cross, Fran Wilson and Lauren Winfield, there are but a handful of players in the wings. The player pool, as Robinson has stated, is not competitive enough.

But at the moment, it looks like England are contractually obliged not to look beyond their centrally contracted. And until they are brave enough - or even allowed - to do so, it is unlikely that things will change.

It is hoped the Women's Super League will change that. Exposing more players below the Loughborough cartel to high-intensity cricket will allow the cream to rise. Players like top-order batsman Sophie Luff (Somerset) and Alex Hartley, a left-arm spinner from Middlesex, will get the chance to show a wider audience just how worthy they are.

Robinson highlighted January 2017 as the point in time in which he feels he will have seen each England player - from the first XI to the wonderkids - in enough match situations to determine whether they fit in to his plans. He is not a man who will sit on his hands and simply watch repeats of a sub-par show.

This defeat should be a line in the sand. English cricket needs to move on.