England’s first innings failures

India v England (191)
■ England’s struggle for runs in the first innings of a first Test of a series began in Ahmedabad last November where they were bowled out for 191 by India, in reply to the hosts’ first innings score of 521-8 declared. The tourists were struggling on 97-7, but a patient knock of 48 from Matt Prior restored some respectability. However, England eventually lost by nine wickets.

New Zealand v England (167)
■ Batting first in Dunedin, Alastair Cook’s side began March’s tour of New Zealand by being dismissed for 167. Again the tail wagged though, as they recovered slightly from 119-8 thanks to Steven Finn (20) and James Anderson’s (23) ninth-wicket stand. The match finished in a draw, however, as openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton frustrated the New Zealand bowlers in England’s second innings.

England (232) v New Zealand
■ England seemingly looked set to stop the rot when the return series against New Zealand began at Lord’s in May. However, 192-4 soon became 232 all-out. Both Matt Prior and Stuart Broad were dismissed for ducks. But the home side went on to win by 170 runs as they skittled the Black Caps out for 68 in their second innings, as Broad took a remarkable seven wickets from 11 overs.