However, in order to paint a clearer picture of the scenario, it is worthwhile looking further back.Effectively he is blaming Australia's successful tour of India in 2004 for their Ashes defeat. That tour ended in November 2004, a full seven months before the Lord's test. Now that is one helluva long hangover.
For so long winning a Test series in India had been our focus. Australia had been there and failed so often over the years, and while we were winning Ashes series on a consistent basis, the mountain was there for us to climb in the sub-continent.
Overcoming that hurdle in 2004 was enormously satisfying, and much as happened to England after they reclaimed the Ashes, the series took a heavy toll on us all, physically and emotionally.
So after defeating New Zealand and Pakistan following that enormous campaign, we probably thought it was all just going to go our way again having started the Ashes series in such convincing fashion at Lord's. But as history now shows that certainly wasn't the case, and as the Ashes series unfolded I realised, probably two Tests too late, that I had gradually lost touch with the style of game that had been so successful for me in years gone by.
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