Everyone in sport has short memories and quick responses: we all know this. Still, it was perhaps surprising how strong some of the opinions were in regards to England's team selection for the final Ashes Test.
Australia legend Shane Warne called England "smug", "arrogant" and "dismissive" after Alastair Cook's side retained the Ashes at Old Trafford, and very similar accusations have been levelled after they made two changes for the fifth Test at The Oval.
England, having already raced to a 3-0 series lead and won the Ashes in Durham, decided to bring in all-rounder Chris Woakes and slow left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan for their Test match debuts (with Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan left out).
Was it disrespectful for England to rotate and hand out debuts in an Ashes Test, some asked, even with the series already decided?
The decision to give both players their first taste of international cricket in the longest form of the game in an Ashes series prompted some surprise, but also optimism with England praised for blooding new talent.
But it did not take long until both bowlers suffered with nervy starts and the critics waded in to England for making unnecessary changes and experimenting during an Ashes series that demanded greater respect.
England insisted that both players were picked on merit with Bresnan injured and a pitch at The Oval 'demanding a second spinner', but did the selection tinkering make the hosts arrogant?
Australia, who have repeatedly chopped and changed throughout the series, have never seen the same accusations levelled at them, but why were England rotating a winning team, many asked.
When Shane Warne accused England of arrogance ahead of Durham, he wasn't so much wrong as two weeks early
— Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) August 21, 2013
Geoffrey Boycott, "I didn't see England's changes coming. I've seen Chris Woakes bowl before and, I'm sorry, he wouldn't trouble my mum" — CT Squirrrell (@Squirrrell) August 21, 2013
As the first day went on, Kerrigan became the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons as he struggled terribly with nerves and conceded 28 runs from his first two overs.
The Lancashire spinner's economy rate dipped below 10 by tea, but he conceded seven boundaries in just four overs as his captain was presented with a big problem.
Had England picked him too early at 24-years-old or was he just struggling with a case of the dreaded 'yips' - a sportsman's worst nightmare.
Having watched him a lot this season, this is horrible seeing Kerrigan struggle like this. Much better bowler than his 3.3 overs have shown
— Tom Maston (@maston91) August 21, 2013
Genuine gasps in the press box as a rank full toss hooked for 4.....not nice to watch at moment. Kerrigan saved by tea...183-3
— Sam Peters (@Sam_sportsnews) August 21, 2013
Never mind a 6, Kerrigan will concede a home run if he bowls another head-high full-toss. He's a diagram of tightness-through- nerves. — Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 21, 2013
Having retained the Ashes after just three Tests and won them outright after four, England should be immune from criticism according to many, but it did not take long for problems to arise.
Australia have not accused of being 'arrogant' for constantly tinkering with their line-up in this series, but England are there to be shot at.
Do you think England were right to hand out two debuts for the final Test? Should Woakes and Kerrigan have been given their first caps at The Oval? Post your views below...