THE final domino is about to fall in the wake of Australia's Ashes annihilation of England.
Captain Alastair Cook is on the brink of losing his job, either by choice or force, with the Poms facing a humiliating home Test series loss to Sri Lanka early tomorrow morning.
Should the visitors go on to complete a 2-0 series win at Headingley, England will fall to fifth in the Test rankings. Cook will either quickly fall on his sword, be under monumental pressure to quit, or run the risk of being sacked by the ECB.
The battling skipper, who has made just 17 and 16 opening the batting in the second Test, will follow coach Andy Flower, superstar batsman Kevin Pietersen and top spinner Graeme Swann as casualties of the Ashes thrashing
"We thought the nightmare of Australia was over but it is still here," former England batsman Geoff Boycott told the BBC. "I don't know where this side can go."
"The captain is in terrible form. It's a recipe for resignation. I don't know if he will but it is."
It's been a stunning fall from the pinnacle of Test cricket and the English press can smell blood. Especially in the case of Cook, who engaged in a public spat with relentless critic Shane Warne heading into the second Test.