"This was the week we all fancied England to take something from," he said in comments in The Australian Friday. "In Perth, the ball won't swing like this (in Adelaide). We are now looking like we did in 2013, like we did in 2006-07, you look at this England side, and realistically, can you see them winning a Test match? "I think it's going to be very difficult to win a Test match on this tour."
The optimism spectrum surrounding England's Ashes chances has at one end "still in with a chance" and at the other "5-0 again".— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 7, 2017
They've got lessons to learn - and fast.
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Willis was equally pessimistic, saying Australia was clearly the superior side. "England are fighting as hard as they can, but the bald fact is they are up against a better side in these conditions," he said in the same newspaper. "The glaring differences are that Australia have express pace in the seam department and a world-class spinner. We have neither. "At this rate, you wouldn't be surprised if it was 5-0, as Adelaide probably represented England's best chance to chalking up a victory."
When did England last win the Ashes in Aust, the 1987 series? When before that?— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) December 8, 2017
"All put a brave face on events; all tried to find the right tone but all, ultimately, were powerless to stop an Australian juggernaut that, once rolling, gathers momentum with frightening speed," he wrote in The Times. "Certainly, the scent is strong and the hounds have been unleashed and Root's team are struggling to avoid the impression that they are on the run, short of hundreds and outgunned with the ball as they are. "It is going to be a tough few weeks." The third Test of the five-Test series starts in Perth on December 14, followed by Melbourne and Sydney.
England need only 195 to win.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 5, 2017
* Australia have used up all reviews.
* Australia suddenly can't catch a cold.
* Australians are all going quiet on Twitter.
* Australian captain Steve Smith hasn't laughed for several hours.
It's ON. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/zOitHTw84j