Before this series began, Joe Root declared that his England team would “do things differently to how we’ve done them” on previous Ashes tours.
We are six days in, and nothing has changed. It has been a catalogue of errors seen on tours past. When she sang “I think I’ve seen this film before, and I didn’t like the ending”, Taylor Swift probably was not thinking of Ashes cricket. She might as well have been.
In 2017, England lost by 10 wickets in Brisbane. This time, they lost by nine. And now in Adelaide, this match is following an unerringly similar path to the Test four years ago. Then, batting first, Australia cruised into the final session of day two, spending 149 overs compiling 442 for eight, so they could get tucked into England’s openers under lights. They picked up one wicket, on the way to a thumping win.
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