Rod Marsh, the former Australia wicketkeeper who headed the ECB’s Academy from 2001 to 2005, has slammed the England board, accusing it of virtually losing the Ashes when it decided to allow Troy Cooley to return to Australia. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Marsh pulled no punches.
I've been really saddened by what's happened to England since then … I've just thought, 'What's going on here?' How can you beat Australia last summer and then perform so dismally in the winter against Pakistan and India - and even more abysmally in one-day cricket?
England, instead, have gone in only one direction - and that's backwards. So that's why it doesn't surprise me in the least that they're already 2-0 down. The only thing that will surprise me about England is if they don't lose 5-0. If we get rain and a flat pitch they might escape with one draw - but otherwise it's 5-0.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa