Can a ‘developing’ cricket side ever win the Ashes?

After our abject defeat at Headlingley – our second loss in as many tests at Leeds – Alastair Cook claimed England could still win the Ashes as long as the team “makes that step forward as a side”. You can’t blame Cook for trying. What exactly was he going to say? I doubt he really believes England can beat Australia though. Sure, he’ll believe England can win – in the same way it was technically possible for Aston Villa to win the FA Cup final – but everyone knows we only have a slim chance at...


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