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Ashes 2017-18: Inside story of England's 5-0 defeat in Australia in 2013-14
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Posted on: November 7th 2017
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They called it the Pomnishambles. That was the polite stuff.

England set off for the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia unbeaten in 13 Tests, having held the urn for more than 1,500 uninterrupted days.

Their opponents had been beaten seven times in their previous nine Tests.

In the space of two months, Alastair Cook's team were torn apart. In the Test series they were thrashed 5-0, losing all 100 possible wickets for the first time in a five-match series.

One key batsman was sent home with a stress-related illness; a critical bowler retired; their best player would never pull on an England shirt again.

It was the disaster down under, the winter of our dismemberment. A team who had gone to number one in the world would never be the same again.

This is the inside story of that catastrophic tour, told by those who were at the heart of it. It is not pretty - unless you are Australian, of course.

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