Well this has been an absolute disaster from an England point of view, from Trott going home to batting collapse after batting collapse and the captain looking all at sea and the bowlers looking useless apart from Broad. So what now, the ashes have almost certainly gone barring a miracle of Headingley 81 proportions and many key members of this side are the wrong side of 30.
For a start I think Flower will step down, there were rumours that he might go after the home ashes but after this series he may decide enough is enough. He has done a brilliant job over the years but like Fletcher it appears to have gone stale and seeing as Giles is already in charge of the one day side the wheels are already in motion to change when needed. If he does go then Gooch should too, a batting coach who is in charge of a side who continually collapse isn't doing his job properly so Thorpe should replace him. Saker has only just signed a new contract and mushtaq is doing a good job with the spinners so I expect them to remain.
As for the captain he probably doesn't deserve the sack but the press will be on his back after this series and his own form has dipped dramatically after a great start. The trouble is who can replace him? Prior the vice captain is probably under more pressure than Cook and Broad the 20/20 skipper doesn't strike me as a future test captain. That leaves Bell, whoopee. Cook keeps job by default almost.
Pietersen has to have the knee operation to either sort it out or end his test career. When he has an injury he plays in a harem scarem way and that is no use to us so he either gets fully fit or has to walk away and join the T20 bandwagon as a mercenary. Anderson and Swann have been a huge letdown, Anderson has not been the same since Trent Bridge when Cook bowled him into the ground so hopefully 4/5 moths rest will do the trick. He is still good enough as a bowler just not the wicket taking threat of old. Swann was good in the summer but has the elbow injury nullified him or is it just a lack of form/pitches/Aussies playing him well that has meant he has looked poor. He has enough in the tank like Anderson to deserve another go this summer but has to produce. Prior has looked dreadful since his New Zealand heroics, he has been brilliant for ages so it really stands out, again he has enough in reserve to deserve a little more time but has to perform or Bairstow will get a run in the side. Don't think Buttler has done enough in first class cricket to get the gloves in tests but would understand if he did as he seems to be the chosen one.
All in all I think Cook, Root, Bell, Broad and Stokes deserve to keep their places no matter what for the summer with Carberry, Anderson, Swann, KP (if fit) and Prior all looking over their shoulders. I'm not saying drop them all as that would be ridiculous but some of them could well be on borrowed time as they are all the wrong side of 30 and none are certain to be around for 2015 anyway. Anderson will keep his place longer I feel as there isn't a plethora of bowlers waiting in the wings as proved by this tour. Not sure what will happen with Bresnan but not unhappy if he stays in the side.
We have been bullied and outplayed on this tour, something has to be done and i get the feeling something will be done. If it doesn't we are in trouble.