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Australia captain Michael Clarke has urged his team-mates to move on from their recent troubles and focus on preparing for the Ashes against England.

Australia's captain Michael Clarke

All change for the Ashes: Opening bat Nick Compton ditched by England, while Australia sack coach Mickey Arthur

England and Australia both took ruthless decisions yesterday in their quest for the Ashes. The home side dropped an opening batsman in Nick Compton, the tourists sacked their coach, Mickey Arthur. With 15 days to go before the series starts at Trent Bridge it was irrefutable evidence that both countries will do what they think it takes.

Mickey Arthur

Australian Ashes meltdown: All change at the top of Australian cricket as coach Mickey Arthur is replaced - just 16 days from start of Test series against England

The news follows a number of high profile distractions ahead of the Test series against England

Mickey Arthur sacked as coach of Australia: The reaction on Twitter

News comes just days from the start of the Ashes

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Such timidity won't do against either the aggressive Indians or stalwart Sri Lanka

Michael Clarke

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy group match against England with a lower back injury.

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