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Home comfort makes Tests even more testing for tourists

Australia opener Chris Rogers, who has fared best of the tourists against the swinging ball, a feature of cricket in England that has done so much damage to their Ashes chances, was in the international wilderness for much of the time he spent playing for county sidesHome advantage has always counted for something in Test cricket but, after England wrapped up the Ashes series with a match to spare, is it now counting for too much? England’s innings and 78-run win, on a typical seaming English pitch, in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday gave them an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match Ashes series — just 18 months after they had been whitewashed 5-0 in Australia.

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