After the blizzard of football related threads, a small break for a little cricket in the two days before the quarters....the topic being the upcoming, much anticipated Ashes series. Going by their superfantastic form against the Sri Lankans (they couldn't win a home series against them!!) I predict a thorough and complete wipe-out in the Ashes for the English. Vaughan looks out for the count, their new crop is well...less than the cream and Freddy Flintoff joins a long and somewhat illustrious list of injured players. Frankly I don't see Sajid Mahmood and co. making the Aussies quake in their boots down under, nor is Darlymple the kind who will smash Brett Lee and co all over the park with his scintillating strokeplay. Alas Kevin Pietersen seems to have been swallowed by the hype and has done precious little in the recent one-day series. Trescothick plows a lonely furrow in the field of destruction as the landscape is littered by the battered remains of `one more defeat.... Anyone fancy a different take?