What? It’s a simple enough question, isn’t it? Are England going to win the Ashes?
The players are all saying that they can. None are saying that they will and obviously none are saying that they won’t. The pundits are weighing things up and talking about pressure and weather and team selection.
All of this is bollocks.
You don’t want to dwell on history. You don’t want to evaluate conditions or individual players. You don’t want to investigate the psychology or the systems that produce the players. You don’t want to give an informed opinion – the Ashes isn’t about that.
Whichever team you’re supporting, the Ashes is like life. It’s about sitting there, basically just hoping that everything works out all right in the end. It’s about truly believing that if you sit around doing nothing for long enough, sooner or later everything will sort itself out.
Are England going to win the Ashes? Of course they are.