The dramatic 2005 Ashes series threatened to usher in a new era of English cricket, only to meekly surrender the urn Down Under in a 5-0 whitewash 18 months later.
Between the summer of 2008 and the winter of 2009, would lose three straight series to South Africa, India and West Indies, falling down the world rankings.
A publicised falling out between captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores saw both men resign their posts.
Two and a half years later, England were the best team in the world, having won eight series out of their last nine, drawing the other.
Ian Bell spoke to Rishi Persad about how England went from the depths of despair to the top of the world.