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Cook's side were ruthlessly brushed aside Down Under

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Both Flower and England captain Alastair Cook are under pressure as they try to avoid a 5-0 Ashes whitewash to Australia

Graeme Swann announced his retirement following the third Ashes Test and England team director Andy Flower has admitted he regrets Swann's decision

Ashes 2013-14: England team director Andy Flower admits his regret over the retirement of spinner Graeme Swann

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England celebrate after Stuart Broad takes the wicket of Ryan Harris late on day two

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