Just months ago, England were celebrating a 3-0 victory over Australia in the Ashes. Now they are staring down the barrel of a 2-0 deficit after just two matches played in the return series Down Under.
England's victory in the summer masked issues with the team and English cricket. A reinvigorated Australia have exposed such flaws,and England now face an enormous challenge to save face, let alone regain a foothold in this match and the series.
In this slideshow Bleacher Report assesses five reasons for England's decline.