ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 09: Joe Root of England walks onto the ground at the conclusion of the tea break during day two of the Four Day Tour match between the Cricket Australia XI and England at Adelaide Oval on November 9, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

We might be just two days into the Ashes, but the result of the series is already as good as over.

Sure, we have potentially two Tests under lights to come, and James Anderson to be joined by Stuart Broad in returning to the English side at some point, but they have been badly beaten at the Gabba.

And yes, the result of this Test is in the books. Australia lead by 196 runs with three wickets left in their first innings, and while it looked shaky for a moment, Travis Head went tonk, tonk, tonk to remove any worries about that.

Head’s innings against a tiring and frankly poor English bowling attack has more than likely locked in the momentum for the series, if Australia’s bowling didn’t do it on Day 1.

The moment that coin fell down in favour of Joe Root and he elected to bat despite a green deck and overcast skies proved all you needed to know - he was extremely concerned about his bowling attack.

Those concerns came to fruition on Day 2 as England's bowlers struggled to be consistent and bowl with any of the same punch that the Aussies had done just 24 hours earlier.

And yes, the conditions were different, but there was still enough in the wicket for the English bowlers to extract something - but they simply couldn't - and the longer it went on the worst it got.

Of particular concern for Root's team was the bowling of Jack Leach who just went from low to low during the day, finishing up with just 11 overs out of the 84 bowled, and going for a staggering 95 runs at a ridiculous economy rate of 8.63.

The fact Joe Root found it necessary to bowl himself six overs - and do it in far better fashion that Leach - tells you all you need to know about England's chief finger spinner.

The Australian batsmen didn't pay him an ounce of respect, and it forced the quicks to bowl more overs, limiting their effectiveness throughout the day, which then set things up perfectly for Head to go whack at the end of the day's play.

But more than that, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne proved yet another stark difference between the sides.

Australia v India: 1st Test - Day 1
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Tim Paine of Australia, Pat Cummins of Australia, Steve Smith of Australia and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia after the signing of the national anthem during day one of the First Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide Oval on December 17, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

England's Ashes got off to the worst possible start when Rory Burns was dismissed first ball with his foot pointing to cover as he lost his leg stump, but the tourists continually played poor cricket shots during the first day's play as they unravelled for 150 in just 50 overs.

It was an embarrassing display to start the biggest cricket series there is, and while Australia bowled in the right areas, the difference between the two teams with both bat and ball are quite incredible.

England could point to leaving out Stuart Broad and James Anderson as a key part of the problem yesterday, but it simply wouldn't have made all that much difference attempting to score 150.

When you're relying on a nearly 40-year-old and a 35-year-old to provide the bulk of your wickets and overs, what does that say about the overall bowling attack?

Australia dominated yesterday, and the day before that, and after just two days of cricket, with conditions likely to suit Australia remaining in the series, the Ashes are all but over.

England will be lucky to salvage anything other than a whitewash out of this series, and the only way that might happen is due to a draw brought on about by the weather, because right now, it's men against boys.