Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory: Ashes capitulation smacks of arrogance

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What a turnaround in fortunes from the summer - how long ago that seems now.

Smiles on England fans’ faces and Alastair Cook & Co edging the key moments of the five Tests to win the home battle 3-0.

England's Alastair Cook looks-on following day five of the Second Test Match at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 9, 2013. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only; Strictly no commercial use; No transmission of sound or moving images;  No use with any unofficial third party logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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There were signs of creaking in the ranks during the series though.

You need a certain element of luck in any sport to win and we definitely enjoyed the rub of the green at home.

They say judge a player’s character and temperament when the chips are down, and they certainly are for the England cricket side Down Under.

Two-nil down and only one real innings of note (and that was when the pressure was off too).

It’s very easy to sit here watching on the TV and criticise, and if we were getting totally outplayed for no fault of our own I would preach patience.

But England are almost beating themselves at the moment.

Some of the wickets have just been handed to the hosts on a plate and the players don’t seem to be valuing their wicket enough.

Another noticeable thing for me is the arrogance that the team seem to be showing.

Stuart Broad’s dismissal on day five in Adelaide in the early hours on Monday morning was just deplorable.

He’d just smashed a short (ish) ball from Peter Siddle over the two waiting fielders at the mid-off boundary, was it not obvious that he was going to follow that up with another tester to see if he has the patience to dig in.

What followed was a display of total and utter disregard for the task at hand with Broad’s huge ego playing the leading role.

Nobody has a problem with people playing their natural game.

If you’re an attacking batsman like Kevin Pietersen or Matt Prior, play your shots and attack the Australian bowlers.

But at least try and be selective with your shots.

Both Broad and Alastair Cook were guilty of this.

Cook chose to pull when Mitchell Johnson (left) was fresh and steaming in.

Surely you’d duck under it and try and wear him down.

Anyway, enough of that and onto the next Test at Perth and England’s last chance saloon.

There has been a lot of talk about England making wholesale changes to their ranks and I would personally avoid that.

It’s just a matter of digging in and showing more discipline and patience.

I’d bring Steve Finn in for Monty Panesar and utilise Finn’s extra height and pace on what is notoriously a fast and bouncy track at the WACA.

If you pick a young player like Ben Stokes, you have to back him and play him now.