Caught out: Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin dives in for a successfull catch of England's batsman Joe Root during day four of the second Test match.

Caught out: Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin dives in for a successfull catch of England's batsman Joe Root during day four of the second Test match. Photo: AFP

This series will end 5-0 to Australia unless there is a huge improvement in England's attitude, desire and performance.

You cannot produce your skills against this kind of cricket in Australia without inner strength and hunger. So far that has been sorely lacking from England's senior players and I am worried about the spine of this side.

Mitchell Johnson celebrates dismissing England captain Alastair Cook. Click for more photos

Second Ashes Test, Day Four

Mitchell Johnson celebrates dismissing England captain Alastair Cook. Photo: Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and James Anderson are the heartbeat of the team and will go down as greats of English cricket. I am one of the most passionate supporters of the England team but there have been moments in this Test when I felt embarrassed because we did not have enough courage and fight.

The one thing this team have always had is character and a determination to never give up. But there have been periods, when Mitchell Johnson was bowling brilliantly, when it felt like the towel had been thrown in. I never want to see that from England and they have to be honest to admit they walked away from the fight.

Some of the England batsmen look scared. They will not admit it, but I can see two or three not backing up as keenly to get down the other end as they would facing a medium pacer. They do not want to face Johnson.

But this is not the old era when they did not have any decent padding. We have loads of it now. Monty Panesar went out there and showed courage. He ducked under a few and was hit on the body. I want to see that.

But you cannot leave it to the tailenders. In this series against Johnson, No.8 to No.11 are not going to make runs. The top seven have to do that, but only two of them, Ian Bell and Michael Carberry, look capable. My maths tells me you cannot win an Ashes series with only two batsmen.

Look at the senior section of the Australian side. Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Peter Siddle have never won an Ashes series and Michael Clarke has only tasted victory once as a young player in a great side.

You can see from the way they have played their cricket that they have huge determination to make sure this series is won. They have had enough of losing against England and it is being backed up by the best Australian bowling unit I have seen since the whitewash series of 2006-07. They have firepower, but at the top level of professional sport, playing in an Ashes series when it is tough, the most important aspect is self-motivation. Coaches can only say only so much. An individual has to rise for the challenge.

Despite his failure in the second innings, Bell has proved that he has desire and is looking at being in the side for the long term. He has shown good players, with the right mindset, can score runs against this attack on any surface. He did it in England in the summer and showed the players how it should be done.

In this England batting line-up, with inexperienced players at two, three and six, Pietersen has to change his game. When the likes of Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Paul Collingwood were in the side, Pietersen could be the wildcard. But with three kids and Prior out of form, he has to change and be more responsible.

Twice in this series England's best player has got out in the same fashion. He is too good a player to have been dismissed twice walking across his stumps and flicking it in the air.

What message does that send? He has to lead from the front, showing the likes of Joe Root and Carberry how to play. He should, for the first 25 minutes, only hit the ball on the floor.

When they see the best player, a guy they respect, getting out like that they will be wondering what is going on with this tour.

Prior is a big issue. England have to find out what is going on. He has played nine Tests now without making runs.

Players sometimes become bombproof, particularly after winning an Ashes series. The powers-that-be worship you and will not drop you. But there comes a stage when the selectors have to make a call. England have to plan for the 2015 series and might have to make tough calls sooner than they expected.

If the senior players do not show that inner strength and desire, Andy Flower and Alastair Cook may think ''wait a minute, we might have to jazz it up''. Pietersen, Cook, Prior, Swann and Anderson have to stand up.

Cook said he wanted his team to score 400 regularly. We have only just managed that in three innings combined.

Telegraph, London