It has been nearly ten days since England succumbed to Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane. Not a lot has happened since, except for Jonathan Trott being ruled out of the series owing to a stress-related illness and few England players getting into some kind of form in the practice match that followed.
So, we can hope for a close Ashes encounter after all. The signs were not too encouraging when the series kicked off on day one at the Gabba, Brisbane, with the Aussie top and middle order collapsing in a heap.
Left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson is quite an enigma of Australian cricket. Having made his Test debut back in 2007 and having featured in over 50 Tests, he is among the most experienced members of the squad.