Let's face it, England has not been a true test cricketing power for decades. Their brief flurry of Ashes wins from 2009-2013 coincided with all of Australia's legends retiring and even then, those series were still competitive.
And that little period of Ashes wins came to a shuddering end when England got smacked 5-0 in 2013/14. They won another competitive series at home in 2015, before getting belted 4-0 in 2017/18 then Australia retained the Ashes in Britain in 2019.
Australia is on the precipice of another 5-0 whitewash.
If England fail to win a test in this series, it will be over a decade since they have managed a single test win in Australia.
In previous Australian series, England has been competitive to an extent.
In 2013/14 they regularly had Australia four or five down for not many, but Steve Smith and Brad Haddin dragged the side out of the fire.
England also couldn't cope with Mitchell Johnson in some of the greatest form ever seen in test cricket.
2017/18 had a drawn test and was another summer of Steve Smith brilliance.
Even the 5-0 of 2006/07 had the Adelaide test which went down to the fifth day.
But this series, Australia isn't really a great side. They lost at home last summer to India and didn't play an away test series.
However, England have been diabolically bad. They've had massive batting collapses for little reason. The bowling has been good, but not unplayable.
A lot of dismissals have come from waving the bat at wide deliveries, or brain snaps when trying to belt Nathan Lyon out of the attack.
It's been comically bad and highlighted by the fact that the third highest run scorer for England in 2021 was Extras.
Joe Root is about the only good thing going for England. The other batters have put up meek resistance save Dawid Malan and their bowling unit has been unable to string multiple good sessions together.
Is this the worst England side we've seen in the past 20 years.