For so long winning a Test series against Australia had been our focus. England had failed so often over the years, and while we were winning other series on a consistent basis, the mountain was there for us to climb against Australia.
Overcoming that hurdle in 2005 was enormously satisfying, and much as happened to Australia after they reclaimed the Ashes, the series took a heavy toll on us all, physically and emotionally.
So after defeating Pakistan and drawing in India 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...er...Adelaide? 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 selectorial hunches that had been so successful for me in years gone by.
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