Was this the worst, the most disastrous, of all Ashes series? Many have concluded that it was the worst anyway for a hundred years, the worst since the tour of Australia after the First World War. That series was lost 5-0. We at least drew one match this time, thanks to some rare resilience and time lost to rain and bad light. There was a similarity. In 1920-21 as now, England was outgunned by Australia’s fast bowlers.