At the parallel point of last summer England were on the cusp of playing their Third Test against Australia, a drawn encounter that would see them retain the Ashes, with a nucleus of senior players to lean on.
12 miserable months later they’ve not experienced a win in red-ball cricket for 10 straight matches and the once-idolised ‘Golden Generation’ are falling by the wayside like an over-stocked death cart.
Four senior men remain and all of them are in danger of being flung from the wagon if a significant bump in the road presents itself against India in the Third Test.
The tourists, who picked up their first away win in three years when winning at Lord’s last time out, are 28/13 to collect another victory at the Rose Bowl and doing so could be enough to end the stints of Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
It’d be a miracle if Cook is managing to catch a wink of sleep at the moment, given the pressure he’s under to both score runs and eek out a Test-match win from somewhere.
So huge are his tribulations that the curse of the England Player of the Year award striking Ian Bell’s ability has gone unnoticed.
The Warwickshire middle-order man’s highest score in the last 19 innings is 72 not out and he has past 50 just four times during that barren run.
In the bowling department both Anderson and Broad have come in for criticism, and should the former fall foul of the authorities at the start of August for his dust up with Ravindra Jadeja, England will be without him for a while.
Broad’s fragile body and lack of form have him hanging by a thread too, and with a raft of young players coming in and shining, this England golden generation could finally be at the end of the road.