Australian cricket is in turmoil. If the first Test at Trent Bridge peppered over the batting cracks with two freak last-wicket stands, the game at Lord's has ruthlessly exposed the fragile line-up. The Ashes is heading towards a no-contest and if this were a boxing match, the towel would have been thrown in a long time ago.
In England's second innings at Lord's, Joe Root was batting on just 8 when he edged Shane Watson between Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke. Root would go on to score a match-winning 180 and Sir Ian Botham's prediction of a 10-0 triumph (across both Ashes) is seeming less and less like conceited English pride. Back to the misjudged catch, Clarke looked around and gave his vice-captain a look that echoed derision. It was a look that said - I've played with McGrath, Warne, Ponting and Gilchrist, and now this is what I have to deal with.' It probably wasn't intended at Haddin, who is a fine cricketer is his own right, but at the mediocrity around the skipper and his deputy.
It's all conjecture, but Australia could do with the above-mentioned characters. Not their talent, just their moral fiber.