The Ashes: Australia fear slow recovery for struggling team

Australia capitulated to a crushing 347-run defeat at Lord's on Sunday with more than a day left to hand Alastair Cook's team a 2-0 Ashes series lead with three Tests to play.

updated: July 25, 2013 12:42 IST
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Sydney: It wasn't long ago that Australians used to patronise the English cricket team as a joke, during a dominant run of eight Ashes series victories when winning became habitual.

They're not laughing now.

Australian cricket is in the pits, amidst accusatory finger-pointing, and as England savour a golden era, the once pre-eminent Aussies wallow in a black hole of their own making. (Suggested read: Damien Martyn says Aussies must solve their own problems)

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