England's 51 all out against the West Indies in Jamaica was a spineless surrender and a national sporting disgrace.
The huge sums of money promised to Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (£1.1m each) to play for three weeks in the Indian Premier League sit awkwardly with this debacle. How can sportsmen who are valued so highly deliver so miserably?
If sport is in a megastar era, paying megabucks, it deserves performances to match. Supporters will not go on settling for insults like the one at Sabina Park. A year or so ago, Anton Ferdinand's car was vandalised after a series of dismal displays by his West Ham team. Loyalty is not so blind as not to notice when the mickey is being taken.
Still, Geoffrey Boycott's verdict on England's innings should be worth waiting for. It'll probably last longer than that innings too.