Early last year, in response to some doom and glooming from the pundits who predicted Straya were in for lean times, I wrote that despite the retirements of key players, Straya would continue to be relatively strong.
Well, based on the incontrovertible evidence of a solitary ODI, I take it all back: we are fvcked.
The batting, bowling, catching, fielding, running between wickets, captaincy, tactics, ability to respond to opposition tactics, selection policies, overall philosophy are all as bad as at any time since the mid 1980s, possibly worse.
Strangely enough, I give us a good chance of winning in South Africa.
Even stranger, on the back of that, I can't see us winning in England.
But as with all sporting predictions, there's a rider: injury.
Injuries, and other things, have murdered us over the last 12 months.
If we get our bowling sorted out - Clark, Siddle, Johnson, Bollinger, McGain, only one of who played yesterday, chuck in Lee as back-up, Nannes as a wild card, and maybe Krazy - we should make a pretty good fist of it in England.
It is essential we get the batting organised. Ponting and Clarke are the only two certain picks. Idiot Haddin, should be a shoe-in, but his rubbish keeping continues to undermine his ambitious batting. (On Saturday night's guest appearance, the Victorian keeper Wade looks like he can bat.) But they are only three out of six; we seem to be incapable of organising the rest. Who should get the nod out of Michael Hussey, Jaques, Hughes, Marsh, North, Symonds, etc? Unless Hussey can find runs in SA, I would be tempted to go with North, Hughes/Jaques and Marsh.
Whatever the situation with our injuries, rotations and experimentations (that we haven't won a January one day series for four years should mollify excessive criticism) we need to settle on a First XI, because until we do, we will continue to flail and fail like we did yesterday.