In a year of embarrassing Test performances, England plummeted to new depths against India at Lord's.
With major question marks about an inexperienced batting line-up, a misfiring pace attack and, of course, the form and tactical acumen of skipper Alastair Cook, the bright, new era of English cricket seems a long way off.
Despite England's all too apparent flaws, there is a glimmer of light for supporters ahead of Sunday's third Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The home side have a history of following the ridiculous with the sublime.
Read on for five remarkable England Test wins that followed crushing defeats.
The selections are based on quality of opposition, state of the series, severity of the previous defeat and the conditions.