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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Kevin Pietersen celebrates with The Oval crowd

Ashes 2013: England heroes celebrate by 'urinating on wicket'

Star players such as Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson reportedly queued up to relieve themselves on the strip

Matt Prior of England talks with umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena as they take a light reading during day five of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match

Ashes 2013: Farce stops play... Alastair Cook denied final flourish with only 21 runs required to complete 4-0 series win

England’s victorious Ashes campaign ended in farce and fury as the umpires took the players off for bad light with only 21 runs needed for victory from four overs. With the home side closing in on the win that would have given them an unprecedented  4-0 triumph in the series,

At least Joe Root agreed that England do have responsibilities

Ashes 2013: Joe Root admits that if all teams scored slowly ‘no-one would watch’

England grudgingly conceded last night that they had an obligation to the paying spectator. Such a notion looked as though it had never entered their collective psyches as they spent the third day of the fifth Test tootling along at barely two runs an over.

Jonathan Trott walks off after being given out lbw having scored 40 from 143 balls

Ashes 2013: Jonathan Trott’s first two hours yielded 15 runs – it was like going 30 on the motorway

This was recidivist stuff from England, 50 shades of grim on an even track

Pietersen: 'How stupid would I be to hide a nick when it could save me on an lbw?'

Ashes 2013: Kevin Pietersen in contention for final Test following knee scan

The batsman will now be expected to play a role at the Oval

England batsman Jonny Bairstow is caught lbw and Australian spinner Nathan Lyon celebrates the wicket

Ashes 2013: Individual mistakes to blame for poor total, admits Jonathan Trott

England closed on 238 for 9 after winning the toss but only one player, their captain Alastair Cook, passed 50

Joe Root was given out after a review showed he edged a Shane Watson delivery

Ashes 2013: Australian batsman Steve Smith defends England players behaviour in wake of Shane Warne arrogance remark

Smith claims series has been 'hard but fair' and also denies that any player has been cheating following cheating allegation accusation

Australia celebrate the controversial dismissal of Kevin Pietersen

Ashes 2013: International Cricket Council will not investigate allegations that players are 'cheating'

Governing body has confirmed it has no plans to follow-up claims in Australia that batsmen are using silicone tape to deceive Hot Spot technology

Peter Siddle celebrates taking Kevin Pietersen's wicket

Ashes 2013: Downpours dilute home triumph at Old Trafford but urn stays on these shores

The weather made an unlikely victory for Australia impossible, despite three early wickets on the final day

England captain Alastair Cook with fans

Alastair Cook: 'It was a strange day but I'd have snapped your hand off to retain the Ashes in 14 days'

Alastair Cook became the first England captain for 85 years to help his team retain the Ashes this early and called on cricket’s rulers to end the confusion surrounding the umpires’ use of technology.

Alastair Cook: England captain made a highly dubious decision to review his wicket yesterday
Pietersen smashes the first of two consecutive sixes off Nathan Lyon

Ashes 2013 third Test day three match report: Kevin Pietersen century saves England but there is still plenty of work to do

Australia 527-7 dec England 294-7: Tourists are still on top despite star turn's disciplined century, but with bad weather forecast England can clinch the series at Old Trafford

The Sport Matrix: Friday 2 August 2013

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