JONNY BAIRSTOW EXCLUSIVE: When you come on a trip to Australia you arrive with very high hopes but the bottom line is we did not play well enough for long enough to win the series.
There were periods that, if they had gone differently, could have led to a very different overall result but give credit to Australia because they outplayed us. We needed to do the good things for longer. All the batters scored runs but not the 500-600 in a series that wins you the Ashes.
JONNY BAIRSTOW: The catch I took off Stuart Broad to dismiss Shaun Marsh just before lunch on the last day was, I believe, the best catch I've ever taken. There was very little reaction time and from a technical point of view I was content that both my hands and head were moving towards the ball — until I had to put out just my left hand to claim it. I've worked a lot with Bruce French on my reactions so I was really chuffed with that.
JONNY BAIRSTOW: We came into this series with genuine hopes of winning the Ashes, and even though we've played some decent cricket we haven't played it for long enough. It is difficult to describe the feeling in the dressing room after we lost in Perth to go three down. Everyone was quiet. There was a sombre atmosphere. You just do not go into a big series like this thinking of losing. People might have considered us underdogs but that is not how we saw it.