Perhaps the first thought that comes to my mind when I think about how erroneous have England been with just about everything they've done on the field, is just why the team that was once so good can now be so poor.
It was particularly the thought I had as India enjoyed a rather gifted victory at Lord's after 28 years. The concerns burgeoned, disenchantment increased, and the hopes were dashed.
The recent dip
Honestly, the players aren't much of a problem, it'd be right to say though that it is their mindset which is. England (ECB included) need to change their negative, out-dated, and defensive mindset. It is this approach that is costing Cook so heavily and will continue to do so for the years to come.
Just look at Australia. They kept losing, but the very optimistic and aggressive Michael Clarke knew all the time that his approach was right and it was a matter of one series. That one series came and passed and now here we are. Remember when that Lord's crowd laughed at the Aussie skipper when he said that Australia could win The Ashes. They won't even dare to laugh now.
Low on confidence
England are low on confidence, in befuddles and they have lost any faith whatsoever. I'm sorry but this is very ordinary from these men. If you are a cricketer, as I have always said, you just can't allow a bad series to get into your heads to the extent that you get hopeless about what to do with the present.
Somehow actually, the Brits have always found a way to lose a game of cricket trying to skip from plan A to B, B to C and so on, which has ended up in making a total mess of things.
Just for sometime, the former world T20 Champs have to leave their woes behind them; that terror of losing a game and those nightmares in Australia which still continue to haunt need to be put to one side. The simple solution is that aggression and confidence that this English team needs to be carrying along when they take the field at Southampton.
They'd need to quickly prescind the fact that they are on the back of a win drought and start freshly with some bit of positivity.