Perhaps the most encouraging and reassuring factor for England fans is that following previous Ashes humiliations, the problems have run deeper than merely at a board and team level. They have in fact been infrastructural problems with things such as the county and academy systems.
The same cannot be said of England this time.
The defeat has undoubtedly raised questions over the management and leadership of the team, not only on the ground level but at a board level too. But the systems the ECB have installed over the past decade, such as the academy in Loughborough, bolstering the county system, encouraging age-group sides and growing grass-roots cricket, all remain as areas of strength and prosperity.
That there appears to be a dearth of county players pushing for selection cannot really be seen as a fault of the county system. It is more of a failure at an England management level that those pushing for selection have not been given the opportunities or encouragement to make the step up. The England team does appear to have become somewhat of a cosy-club in recent years, and the environment has been seen to be particularly intense.
The number of players under Andy Flower who ascended from county cricket only to try and fail in international cricket is so significant that it seems the problem is when they arrive with England, not before it, and in that fans and the new management can draw hope.