• We have got to be very honest about where things went wrong at Headingley and where we go from here.

     

    The performance in the fourth Test was extremely disappointing; we played terribly.

     

    You can make all the excuses you want about injuries, or getting woken up at 5am by a fire alarm, but from ball one Australia outplayed us in every department.

     

    It is hard to put your finger on what makes teams' fortunes change so quickly. In some ways that is the beauty of sport, although it doesn't seem too beautiful at the moment.

     

    You never want to get beaten like that and it hurts. But the key for us is to put the emotion to one side and get to work on all the things that need fixing.

     

    Sport isn't an exact science, and if you knew what was going to happen, nobody would watch it. But we know that Australia put us under more pressure than we did to them.

     

    We have shown our potential in this series; we played superbly at Lord's and three days of cricket ago, we had them on the ropes.

     

    When you

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  • Our fans have given Ricky Ponting a bit of stick all series and if he is hoping for an easier ride in the fourth Ashes Test, he is going to the wrong ground!

     

    Like Edgbaston, Headingley is one of the livelier grounds and I'm sure the Western Terrace will be in full voice when Ricky and his team-mates take to the field.

     

    There has been some concern over the behaviour of fans and they have been warned to keep things under control, but none of the complaints have come from the Australian players who recognise it is part of the game.

     

    We have experienced exactly the same thing on tour down there, and as the home team it is exactly what you want to see. You want the crowd to be fully behind you and put the opposition under pressure.

     

    It's great when you have a football-like atmosphere, and as long as it stays jovial and does not get abusive, then I'm all in favour. It's what home advantage is all about.

     

    The best thing I can say about my record at Headingley is that it is one I would

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  • It was frustrating not to win the third Test at Edgbaston, but when you consider how much time was lost, it was always going to be a tough ask.

     

    The groundsmen deserve a lot of credit for allowing so much play, but it would have been an amazing result to force victory in what was effectively three days' play.

     

    The weather put paid to our hopes of getting a positive result, and it is pretty annoying to watch the rain fall knowing time is ticking away.

     

    Everybody does different things during rain breaks, but we all try to relax and keep busy than sitting there getting nervous.

     

    During the delays at Edgbaston the chips were out and there was some poker played. There was a bit of sleeping in the dressing room. If it's a long stoppage you can go to the gym or hit a ball in the indoor nets.

     

    Steve Harmison left a dartboard for the boys; we're all as good as Phil Taylor now, we've had that much practice!

     

    It can be tough to switch on and off when there are rain delays. We spoke to the

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