Losing a test series to anyone is not great, and losing a series to the Windies is even more not great. Quite how that, plus a couple of one day defeats, has become a crisis in English cricket is beyond me. Truth is that we only just lost the test series, were the better side for all but maybe one or two sessions, and would have won it with a more confident side and a little less caution. On the one day front, the series is tied, and we have a chance to win it going into the final match. It has not been the most fantastic tour ever, but it is certainly not as bad as it could have been.

It is not a crisis, and whatever the press make of Kevin Pietersen’s desire to see Mrs P, or the result of the final match, the negatives should serve as the very necessary wake up call that England very much needed in order that they start performing better again.

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