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Ashes humiliation is complete as Australia romp to 5-0 series victory
But even he didn’t know it could get this good for revitalised Australia
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.
Captain has been given vote of confidence by the board
Coach Andy Flower has acknowledged it’s time for change but it will require some tough decisions on several long-serving players
Both Flower and England captain Alastair Cook are under pressure as they try to avoid a 5-0 Ashes whitewash to Australia
Tourists' Ashes defeat the most painful in years
Flower praises 'outstanding' Swann but admits he had hoped the 34-year-old would see out the remainder of the tour
The 36-year-old quit midway through the Ashes series
The retiring spin bowler appeared to aim a parting shot - although at exactly who is somewhat unclear
Monty Panesar was initially dropped by England in strange circumstances. Looking back nearly five years it was as though he was squarely to blame for the beach which doubled as a cricket pitch at the Sir Viv Richards Recreation Ground in Antigua.
Swann retired from all forms of the game midway through the Ashes series
The 34-year-old has picked up a nasty dose of 'cake-and-eat-it syndrome'
Spinner retires after admitting he had lost the ability to turn matches and reflects on a career that he never imagined would have gone so far
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
Retired Ponting feels that England showed they were on the decline in the summer Ashes Series which has continued to show Down Under