Sport Stuart Broad takes over as captain for the T20s

After spending the last 12 weeks being battered and bruised at the hands of Australia, Stuart Broad could be forgiven for wishing he was already back at home.

Alastair Cook looks dejected after Australia win the Ashes at Perth

Ashes 2013-14: England must start change sooner rather than later - it is the only option

The humiliating defeat to Australia has prompted talk that this England side is past it and a new crop of players should be given a chance to shine

Steven Finn has not played a Test since Trent Bridge at the start of the summer

Steve Finn feels he is close to life in the fast lane again

England bowler has fallen off the radar since tinkering with his run-up but says he is almost back to his best

Ricky Ponting believes England are

Ashes 2013-14: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting claims England are 'past it' and calls for star names to be dropped

Retired Ponting feels that England showed they were on the decline in the summer Ashes Series which has continued to show Down Under

England's Andy Flower looks on during a practice session at the WACA

Ashes 2013-14: England coach Andy Flower must decide if he is still up to the job, declares Geoffrey Boycott

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott led the chorus of condemnation after England meekly surrendered the Ashes, urging the coach, Andy Flower, to make a quick decision over his future.

England captain Alastair Cook speaks with coach Andy Flower

Ashes 2013-14: Five things for England to urgently look at before the Fourth Test in Melbourne

The series is over in terms of the urn - but there is much to be learned from the final two Tests

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson of Australia celebrate on the pitch after day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke compares victory to 5-0 whitewash

The Aussies have reclaimed the urn after going 3-0 up in the series

Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match

Ashes 2013-14: Captain Alastair Cook's first-baller sums up England tour as Australia tighten grip on the urn

The Ashes appear to be lost with England requiring a world record 504 runs to win the Third Test from a position of 251 for 5

England batsman Joe Root was given out despite appearing to make no contact with the ball

Ashes 2013-14: England 'bitterly disappointed' with Joe Root dismissal after umpire controversy returns to haunt series

Questioning of the Decision Review System dominated the summer Ashes Series and Root's controversial dismissal has seen the problem return once again

Ashes 2013-14: Australia’s box-office stars owe much to the supporting cast

Anyone with a passing interest in cinema would know which production had been named Best Picture in a given year. How many, though, could recall the Best Assistant Director, or which film had the best visual effects?

Not again! For the 10th time, Kevin Pietersen is dismissed by Peter Siddle caught on this occasion by a jubilant Mitchell Johnson

Ashes 2013-14: Becalmed England start to watch the Ashes floating away

Tourists’ attempted fightback in crucial Third Test in Perth is restricted  by indisciplined batting, tight Australian bowling and sheer bad luck

Australia batsman Steve Smith celebrates after reaching his century
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior claims England believe they can still win the Ashes despite going 2-0 down heading into the Perth Test

Ashes 2013-14: England's hunger to prove doubters wrong will see them come out fighting in Perth, claims wicketkeeper Matt Prior

The Ashes holders are 2-0 down after just two Tests but Prior claims England believe they can still win the five-Test series

Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann rested for ODI series against Australia

The trio need a break says England head coach Andy Flower

Australia captain Michael Clarke (C) celebrates with Shane Watson (L) and Brad Haddin (R) after victory over England in the Ashes Second Test

Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke wants to finish off England with Third Test success

Clarke guided his side to a second victory at Adelaide to leave England in dissaray

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