sport news ASHES WATCH: England wait on Jimmy Anderson after veteran bowler suffers ... trends now
For England! We have been here many times before. When little things start going wrong and start building up into a negative narrative ahead of an Ashes series.
There has been so much optimism about England's chances before now but events of the last week have definitely swung momentum at least slightly back in Australia's favour.
First Jofra Archer returned home from the IPL with that elbow problem that just will not go away. Then the ever-unfortunate Olly Stone was officially ruled out for five to six weeks with the hamstring injury suffered playing for Notts against Lancashire.
And a possible alternative with a point of extra pace difference in Brydon Carse, in the runs as well as wickets this season, did not bowl for Durham in Yorkshire's second innings on Saturday after reporting a side injury.
At least Carse was fit enough to make an unbeaten two as Durham won a thrilling match by one wicket despite a fringe Ashes candidate in Matthew Fisher taking four wickets and Jonny Bairstow again proving his fitness with both bat and gloves.
James Anderson suffered a minor groin injury playing for Lancashire on Thursday
Meanwhile, over in India, Joe Root finally got a bat for Rajasthan Royals but was dismissed for 10 by Royal Challengers Bangalore as his side crashed to 59 all out, Harry Brook has been dropped by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Ben Stokes has recovered from his self-inflicted toe injury but is still being left out by Chennai Super Kings.
What else can possibly go wrong? Well, now we have the potential saga of Jimmy Anderson's groin. The peerless Anderson has