"We've learnt lessons from that and we've got a little bit of momentum from that fifth day which we are looking to build on in the first couple of days in this Test match."
~~ Andrew Strauss
Can England seize the momentum for the Second Test? Form suggests not. Despite fine-tuning their Ashes campaign against an admittedly abysmal West Indies, in Cardiff their batting was sloppy, their fielding lacklustre, their bowling toothless.
On the other hand, Australia, despite a spasmodic lead-in, had the momentum but failed to capitalise on day five.
As a perpetually pessimistic Australian fan I loathe it when we fail to drive home the advantage. We should be 1-0 up. If we were, this series would be over - just the way I like it. But it's not over, far from it. England are still in the contest and any closing of the gap, wide as it was in Cardiff, will make it that much harder for Australia to win.
The question is: can England close the gap? In short: if Australia are, as they say at the track, "better for the run" (especially Johnson), no.
But. Missed chances haunt.