The Ashes are lost, thanks mainly to Shane Warne who was the leading wicket taker this morning at the Waca. England's latest capitulation means that they're now 3-0 down in the 5 match series, but I wonder if that's a fair reflection on the relative ability of the two sides...

What's contributed to such a poor performance? Take your pick from under-preparedness (Harmison's epic wide at the very start of the 1st Test Match at Brisbane hinted at that), Giles dropping Ponting before he became a centurian at the Adelaide Oval, not picking Panesar till the 3rd Test or key umpiring decisions that were poor (just ask Andrew Strauss what he thinks of his LBWs).

But there's hope. Collingwood, Pietersen, Alistair Cook (almost Boycottesque yesterday), Panesar, these guys have all had their moments and I've probably missed a few other notable performances. Also, in terms of sessions won (if you watch Test cricket that way) England have come away from sessions on top just as many times as the Australians this series. For example, but for a ridiculous hour at Adelaide on the last day, England had won almost every session.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if this Ashes series ends 3-2. Then England will really be kicking themselves. Another prediction - Warne's going to get fined before the series is out for his shameful and unrestrained histrionics after almost every delivery. If wooing umpires in such a way is not bringing the game into disrepute, I don't know what is. Sheikh of Tweak? Histrionic Geek.

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Ashes, cricket, Shane Warne