England captain Alastair Cook was left with little choice but to be brutally honest in the wake of a 218-run thrashing in Adelaide, saying the team know they have not been good enough.
A 381-run defeat in Brisbane was followed up an error-strewn performance in Adelaide. Catches went down in Australia's first innings of 570 for nine declared and they mustered just 172 in reply.
They produced some fight towards the end of the match but it was too little too late, and Cook was left to bemoan the errors they made early on which allowed Australia to get into a dominant position which they never relinquished.
"In this game on a good first innings wicket we created some good chances and we didn't take those chances," he said.
"I think Australia have been very clinical in there..in taking every chance that has come to them pretty much and we haven't done that.
"We let them off the hook and they punished us very heavily to get to 570 and quite clearly getting bowled out for 170 wasn't good enough. There were some poor shots in there as well."
With the third Test coming up later this week in Perth, and England already 2-0 down, they must win two of the remaining three games to retain The Ashes.
"We haven't been good enough in these two games," Cook admitted.
"The only guys who can change it are those guys in the dressing room. No one else can change it for us.
"We can't sit there moping around it. It is hurting us like hell - but we are the only guys who can change it."
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