There were heaps of occasions throughout the series when England’s innings had all the pace of a tortoise.
Continually English batsmen came with the intent of scoring runs but blocking on a number of occasions. Cook, Carberry and Root mainly come in the category of being too defensive.
Except for Melbourne, Cook himself was too slow, lacked in boundaries and as a result got out again and again due to lingering scoreboard pressure.
Carberry and Root were also extremely defensive and often got England into a mess because they took their time, and then got out.
When a new batsman came, there were few runs and more wickets on the scoreboard and that really hurt the Brits.
Mitchell Johnson’s success actually can be credited to all the English batsmen actually. I am not saying that he didn’t bowl well, he bowled well but those 31 wickets would have been 15 if anyone of the England batsmen had dared to attack him rather than just blocking to try to get through his spell.
It is an old saying in cricket that you can't let any bowler get on top of you, but England invited him to get on top.
Australia on the other hand had one bowler whom they had to attack and ruthlessly in Graeme Swann.
They attacked him from the start and as a result Cook had to take him off in a spell which put the seamers under too much pressure.
Had England done something similar to Nathan Lyon, the story could have been different.