Agonising Series defeat only worsens England's demise
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England came up just short when attempting to salvage a result from almost certain defeat at Headingley, being dismissed with only one ball of the match remaining. James Anderson failed to emulate his heroics of Cardiff 2009, and with it England's demise from number one test nation to record breaking losers (this was Sri Lanka's first ever series win in England) has hit a new low. Much of the hype preceding the series wished to bill this as the beginning of a new dawn for England. A new (sort of) coach was drafted in, as were several players who had impressed on the county circuit. The visiting Sri Lankans have often been fodder for early season seam friendly pitches in England, and steamrolling them here would be the first step back on the road to retaining the Ashes in 2015. That the end result was something far different suggests England's problems delve much deeper than originally thought when being battered down under. There is no shame in losing to an Aussie side which had regained its swagger and aggression in their own back yeard. Having the fortress of home soil burnt down by a side seldom victorious on these shores is something altogether more alarming. There is little doubt now, England are yet to emerge from the crisis they slipped into over the winter.
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