Steven Finn has returned to the UK from England's Tour of Australia

Steven Finn: The headbanging in the nets had to stop

Finn feels he will come out of drop in form to appreciate the sport more

Ashes 2013-14: Darren Lehmann refuses to rock the boat as England navigate stormy waters

Australia coach keeps his counsel ahead of one-day series despite a familiar look to their beleaguered opponents

Matt Prior (left) and Stuart Broad helped talk down a man from jumping off the Darling Harbour in Sydney

Ashes 2013-14: England cricketers Matt Prior and Stuart Broad rescue man preparing to jump from Sydney bridge

The players involved in dramatic late night incident at Darling Harbour

Kevin Pietersen with Andy Flower

Kevin Pietersen faces international axe amid power struggle in the England camp

Coach Andy Flower appears to believe the team can progress better without the flamboyant batsman

Australia's notorious bad boy David Warner signs autographs for the Australian public

Ashes 2013-14: Australia celebrate series whitewash with one last dig at England bowler Stuart Broad during Sydney parade

Australian players soak up the crowds adulation with a number of players signing a t-shirt with the slogan 'Stuart Broad is a s*** bloke'

Kevin Pietersen admits he is determined to be a part of England's 2015 side that will attempt to regain the Ashes

Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen rejects talk of retirement and pledges his commitment to 2015 revenge

Pietersen admits that the recent series defeat was 'very disappointing' but claims he is determined to regain the Ashes in 2015

Shane Watson feels vindicated in having questioned Australia's previous coaching regime

Ashes 2013-14: Darren Lehmann added fun factor to Australia team, says Shane Watson

This is the time of  my life. I know how lucky I  am to be involved

Opening batsman Nick Compton is hopeful of an England recall after their recent batting collapses in the Ashes series defeat

Ashes 2013-14: Nick Compton determined to get head down to earn England recall to take advantage of disappointing defeat

Compton was dropped by England prior to the summer Ashes series but remains undeterred in his efforts to regain his spot after batting calamities on current tour

England coach Andy Flower will remain in his role as head coach after admitting he will be continuing with the backing of the ECB

Ashes 2013-14: Andy Flower plays dumb over rebuilding England after whitewash

Flower remains under pressure to turn around England's performances after embarrassing tour Down Under approaches ODI series

Kevin Pietersen trudges off the field after making just six in the second innings of the fifth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Which players should England stick with going forward, who is playing for their future and who should hang up the pads?

The Independent's cricket correspondent, Stephen Brenkley, evaluates the performances of each England player during the humiliating 5-0 whitewash series defeat by Australia.

The Barmy Army suffer in Sydney on day three

Ashes 2013-14: ‘We let you all down,’ Alastair Cook tells England fans after whitewash

Ashes humiliation is complete as Australia romp to 5-0 series victory

Darren Lehmann (left) celebrates the Ashes triumph with captain Michael Clarke

Ashes 2013-14: The Aussie Angle - Darren Lehmann deserves more credit than he will admit

But even he didn’t know it could get this good for revitalised Australia

Ben Stokes is bowled by Ryan Harris

Ashes 2013-14 comment: The men who got England into this mess must now get us out of it

How ludicrous it seemed as the final disaster unfolded. Barely 10 weeks earlier, England had landed in Australia as three-times holders of the Ashes and dead cert favourites to take the glittering prize for the fourth consecutive time.

England captain Alastair Cook looks dejected as Australia celebrates their Ashes triumph

Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook ‘desperate’ to show he’s still the right man for England

Captain has been given vote of confidence by the board

England captain Alastair Cook walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed in the fifth Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14 Podcast: 'The big name players, such as Alastair Cook, just have not performed'

An audio review of the third day's play of the fifth and final Ashes Test

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