Comments I just posted to Daily Telegraph site:
Yes, dispiriting. Last summer, England really took on Australia: outdid them for being bold n brassy. Yet this series, with too many players, such spirit wanting: Bell lingering for 10 mins or so before running summed up, I think, the gulf in attitude between then and now.
Very hard to know what Giles was in team for this time: barely spinning the ball, batting slightly, and that dropped catch, while Panesar carried the drinks.
Surely Fletcher must make changes for next test: Giles onto plane home; Panesar in. Maybe Jones out, for Read (notions Giles better for test batting not looking good). Even Vaughan in, for Anderson, might be tempting: for captaincy and bolstering spirit, and perhaps extra batsman. If Aussies can do with four bowlers - two of whom past it, said Botham I think - England maybe should consider too.
But oh dear, whatever the selection, so many of us will watch next test with trepidation, wondering what happened to the England spirit of the 2005 summer.