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This could be very messy series for England. It's not an excuse but...

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07.08.2019

England have recovered from 1-0 down in an Ashes series before. It happened in 1981 and 2005, but I worry they are not playing with enough confidence to emulate those comebacks.

The problem for this England side is that already they are pondering changes to the team and Australia landed a few psychological blows in the first Test. I worry this could be a very messy series for England and it is important people understand how difficult it is for some of these players to raise themselves after the World Cup.

Replay

People will say it is an Ashes series and you should not need any motivation to play against Australia. But it is difficult to deal with success, particularly if winning the World Cup is the biggest achievement of your career. England must have some honest conversations with players, regardless of their seniority, because what Joe Root needs next week is 11 players desperate to be out there. Let's be honest, at Edgbaston it looked like England had only seven players. You can say they had technical deficiencies but I just looked at their mindset and it was not right. It is why I say they need honest chats. If they say it was just a bad week and they found it difficult to come back once the Aussies got on top, then fine. That happens.

But if one or two have a hangover from the World Cup this is when David Young, the team psychologist,........

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