England's humiliation is at the hands of Australia should result in an immediate change of leadership in order to ensure such a debacle is never again repeated.

In the past there have been serious structural problems with English cricket that meant the the coach and captain could fairly claim that they should not be criticised too harshly for series defeats. This is not the case anymore though. England's defeats are the result, in large degree, to poor coaching and leadership on the pitch.

To show how bad 2013 is lets compare in to 2007 when England last lost 5-0. The England squad that lost then was a shadow of the 2005 side missing Simon Jones, Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothwick amongst others. It was missing its best players.

The Australian squad by contrast was replete with bona fide legends of the game like Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. With players like that in their side it is a small miracle that they hadn't whitewashed more series against England.

This time round though there is precious little to divide between the sides on paper. Matches should be close. Australia however have won each Test match at a canter.

The reasons behind Australia's victory on the pitch are primarily two fold. One: Mitchell Johnson has ripped through the England batting; especially the tail. Two: Brad Haddin has bailed out an Australian top order that has collapsed repeatedly.

This certainly shows that Australia have been doing something right but from an English point of view it shows bad captaincy and coaching. Batsmen have been completely unable to play pace bowling. Just as the batsmen are responsible for this so too is batting coach Graham Gooch who must go.

As for Haddin, England have been completely unable to even meaningfully restrict his runs let alone take his wicket. Blame for this needs to be apportioned out to the coaching staff and captain Alastair Cook who should be developing plans to get batsmen out. Haddin is a decent cricketer in great form but England have really gone out of their way to make things easy for him.

Finally much is being made of the hectic schedule of playing the Ashes series so soon
after the last. This scheduling is of course idiotic. However, it is the same for both sides.

Australia are energetic and eager to play. England look like they are being injected with morphine before the start of each session with top ups every drinks break. The malaise in
the England side must at least be in part due to the atmosphere in the dressing room which once again is due in large part to the captain and coach.

There are no excuses for the tripe England have played on this tour. The coaching staff all need to go and Cook needs to be allowed to focus on his batting again full time. He must resign the captaincy.

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