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Sam Sheringham | 18:51 UK time, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

“Spun, drawn and slaughtered”, “Debacle in the desert”, “Holiday from Hell”, “England can’t whitewash this dross”.

The Middle East venue may have been a novelty, but the headlines that greeted England’s 3-0 whitewash by Pakistan could have been plucked straight from the bad old days of the 1990s.

In just under three weeks, England’s cricketers have gone from being the toast of the nation to a laughing stock once again.

While their batsmen will look back on the three Tests as a nightmarish experience, the bowlers generally came out of the series with their heads held high.

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