Ashes: Is this year’s debacle Ashes’ worst recent road performance?

Loss margins: 384 runs; tickets and 51 races; tickets and 48 races; five windows. England won the fifth round by 225 runs.

The series began with one of the most ruinous decisions in test history when England captain Nasser Hussain sent Australia to bat on a flat pitch at the Gabba, a decision so bad that it perhaps haunted Joe Root’s decision to no bowling in Brisbane this year.

The hosts went 364-2 on day one, England fast pitcher Simon Jones tore his ACL and things got worse from there.

After being eliminated by 79 to finish the first Test, they were beaten by one inning in Adelaide and Perth to ensure the Ashes missed out, before continuing on to Melbourne, though at least they got Australia to hit there again.

There was a minor salvation in Sydney, as centuries of Mark Butcher and Michael Vaughan led England to a comfortable victory. Vaughan hit three hundred and 633 runs in total to win the Player of the Series award, England wasting part of the best streak of his career.

Loss margins: 277 runs; six portholes; 206 races; tickets and 99 races; 10 windows

From the glory of England’s first win at Ashes in 18 years in 2005 to the ignominy of this undercover 5-0 when a vengeful Australia dismantled the tourists.

This was another contender for an Ashes’ more infamous start on the road when England fast pitcher Steve Harmison sent a first open ball to Andrew Flintoff, captaining in place of the injured Michael Vaughan, on the second slip.

Even when Paul Collingwood hit a career-best 206, when England went a declared 551-6 in the second Test in Adelaide, the Tourists collapsed in a staggering defeat.

Ruthless Revenge was a fitting swan song for retirees Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, and Shane Warne.

Loss margins: 10 wickets; 120 races; tickets and 41 races; entries and 23 races. The Fourth Test was drawn.

It hurt more for moments of genuine hope.

Again, England got off to a strong start in Brisbane before Nathan Lyon ran out of James Vince on the eve of the first day causing what would become an all too familiar meltdown. Steve Smith, seemingly unable to be fired, racked up 687 runs in five rounds, while Pat Cummins claimed 23 wickets.

Just one bad pitch in Melbourne and Alastair Cook’s mammoth 244 didn’t leave Australia claiming a clean sweep.

Off-field problems also marred the tour, with Jonny Bairstow’s friendly header to Cameron Bancroft and Ben Duckett pouring a pint on James Anderson’s head sparking jubilation among the Australian press.

2021-22 – Australia 3-0 England (with two to play)
Defeat margins: nine wickets; 275 races; entries and 14 races.

England came to Australia having won just two of their last 10 Tests and with a batting lineup that could topple if someone sneezed next to it. The lack of practice for the match due to the rain did not help, and England came to the Gabba more poorly than usual.

In an instantly iconic moment, Englishman Rory Burns received the first ball from Mitchell Starc, and things continued to unravel.

England has yet to make 300 in one inning; in fact, he has only passed 200 twice in six attempts and no batter has hit a ton. Their picks have been confusing, with left-arm spinner Jack Leach released in Brisbane despite spending the summer carrying drinks.

The lowest point came in Melbourne, with England defeated by just 68 points before the lunch break on the third day of Test 3 to lose the ashes. The unknown Scott Boland finished 6-7 when England’s campaign collapsed completely.


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