What England must have at Edgbaston is a pitch that gives encouragement to Anderson in particular
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.
The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia
Among the myriad topics for debate before next summer is the wicketkeeping question. It is like welcoming back an old friend. Jos Buttler, potential batting genius and athletic wicketkeeper with the sharpest reflexes, has staked an early claim to a berth in the Test team which may prove irresistible.
Another game, another fiasco. New head Paul Downton must ensure the right calls are made to rebuild squad
England were in shock. They were probably in meltdown as well. In losing to Australia by one wicket with three balls to spare after the last-wicket pair put on 57, it was entering the kind of territory where you wondered when they might win again.
England's limited overs coach is thinking ahead as England prepare for second ODI of the series Down Under
The departure of Steven Finn saw the bowler become the third player to leave the Tour Down Under after Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann both returned home early
Captain Alastair Cook failed to survive the first over
Tour fall-out reveals coach will continue only if controversial batsman is dropped after deterioration in their relationship
The batsman faces being ousted from the international set-up following England's 5-0 defeat in the Ashes
Pietersen admits that the recent series defeat was 'very disappointing' but claims he is determined to regain the Ashes in 2015
Diary of a cricket obsessive
Both Flower and England captain Alastair Cook are under pressure as they try to avoid a 5-0 Ashes whitewash to Australia
Flower praises 'outstanding' Swann but admits he had hoped the 34-year-old would see out the remainder of the tour
After comprehensive eight-wicket victory over England in Melbourne, focus now turns to final Test in Sydney starting on 3 January