Ashes: England failed to fire again in first innings of opening Test on tour
England have failed to pass 200 in first innings of the opening Test on their last five tours.
Last Updated: 22/11/13 3:02pm
In fact, they have not reached 400 in their last 12 completed Test innings home and away.
Here, Sky Sports takes a look at those recent first innings failures to pass 200.
New Zealand v England, Dunedin - March 2013
Having been put in to bat, only Jonathan Trott (45) came away with an ounce of respectability as England were skittled out for just 167 at the University Oval.
Neil Wagner and Bruce Martin did the damage with the ball, taking four wickets each.
New Zealand's reply amounted to 460 but England quickly forgot their first innings nightmare as openers Cook and Nick Compton both hit centuries in an opening stand of 231.
The tourists continued to bat their way out of trouble to reach 421-6 and salvage a draw.
India v England, Ahmedabad - November 2012
England's Test series in India could not have got off to a worse start as Cheteshwar Pujara's unbeaten 206 steered the hosts to 521 in their opening innings before Andy Flower's side mustered just 191 in response.
Matt Prior (48) and Cook (41) were the pick of the batsmen but Pragyan Ojha stole the show with his five-wicket haul.
The follow-on produced a far more respectable 406 as Cook notched another ton, but India easily chased down their target of 77 to win by nine wickets.
Sri Lanka v England, Galle - March 2012
James Anderson's figures of 5-72 had kept Sri Lanka's opening score to a modest 318 at Galle International Stadium, despite the best efforts of Mahela Jayawardene (180).
However, England failed to take advantage, collapsing to 193 all out with a half-century from Ian Bell the only highlight as Rangana Herath surpassed Anderson's feat with 6-74.
The hosts' second innings of 214 then left England with a victory target of 340, but they fell 75 runs short to open the two-Test series on a losing note.
Pakistan v England, Dubai - January 2012
A performance to forget from start to finish for England.
The tourists won the toss but their decision to bat failed to pay dividends as they quickly crumbled to 94-7.
Trott (70 not out) and Graeme Swann (34) combined to steady a sinking ship but England were still dismissed for 192, with Saeed Ajmal snaring seven wickets.
Mohammad Hafeez's 88 then set Pakistan on their way to 338, while England's second turn was even worse than the first.
Trott (49) and Swann (39) were again left with a salvage job but a score of 160 all out meant Pakistan needed just 15 runs for victory, with the match wrapped up in three days.