In the aftermath of England's horror tour of Australia there has been much discussion about the "brand" of cricket England play. Michael Vaughan in particular has been very vocal about Cook and Flower taking the team in a new direction and develop a "brand" that can beat South Africa.
I think that Vaughan makes a pertinent point. Australia played extremely exciting and aggressive cricket and blew England away but to suggest that England should try and play more aggressive cricket for the sake of it seems pointless. There is huge rift in terms of natural talent between the best Australian players and the best England players. While batting looks terribly easy for most of the Australians except Rogers, only KP and Bell look the part when they play aggressively.
Sadly, I don't think England players are good enough to play like Australia. Cook wouldn't have achieved what he has by playing like Warner, he's simply not good enough to play like that. He's a limpet who waits for bad balls, he would undone if he attacked a bowler.
As much as I yearn for successful and aggressive England cricket team I just don't think its possible. Flower will see this as a blip, after his "rational and logical" review of the tour it's not unreasonable to see the tour as an anomaly, and Project Attrition will resume. There needs to be repeated failure because of the success of the tactic in the past. Two whitewashes against Pakistan and Australia are some of the few blemishes of the Flower regime and while Flower stay surely the attrition will continue.