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Whisper it quietly, but England might be back.

A torrid summer spent in Australia sent the Poms packing without the Ashes in tow having lost the series 4-0 to the Aussies.

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The lopsided scoreline is evidence of the vast gap in quality between the two sides at the time, but the manner in which England collapsed time and time again was alarming.

Test coach Chris Silverwood was axed shortly after the Ashes was wrapped up and captain Joe Root stood down from his role as English cricket was forced to look itself in the mirror and ask serious questions.

The answers came in the form of appointing former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and promoting firebrand Ben Stokes to Test captain.

England’s new director of cricket Rob Key acknowledged the appointment of McCullum, who had never…

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