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.

James Tredwell believes that the England team need to be honest with themselves following the abysmal tour of Australia

ODI series: England must be as honest with themselves as Alastair Cook has been, claims spinner James Tredwell

Tredwell believes that England haven't given a full demonstration of their skills during a tour that they are yet to avoid defeat on

England fast bowler Chris Jordan has drawn praise for his performance in the ODI defeat to Australia

Twenty20 series: Chris Jordan added to England squad to replace departed bowler Steven Finn

The pace bowler has impressed since coming in to the One-Day side in Australia

James Taylor

Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor ready to fill No 3 vacancy left by Jonathan Trott

The 24-year-old played two Tests against South Africa in 2012

Alastair Cook remains pencilled it as an opener for the World Cup

Australia v England ODI series: Ashley Giles seeks a change of tempo to mount World Cup challenge

England's limited overs coach is thinking ahead as England prepare for second ODI of the series Down Under

Australia batsman George Bailey has admitted taking some 'pride' in seeing England struggle

ODI series: George Bailey admits 'pride' in England troubles as Australia continue to make life difficult for struggling tourists

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

Steven Finn is returning home from Australia to work on 'technical aspects of his game'

ODI series: Misfiring Steven Finn is latest victim to leave England's tour to hell in order to work on 'technical aspects of his game'

Finn has not played a minute of Test or ODI action having been selected in the original squad for the Tour of Australia

Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

Kevin Pietersen: Batsman included in provisional England squad for ICC World Twenty20 despite questions over his future

Reports emerged last week that England coach Andy Flower had issued a 'him or me' ultimatum regarding the controversial Pietersen

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has refused to comment on the Kevin Pietersen debacle as England's calamitous series continues

Ashes 2013-14: Darren Lehmann refuses to get caught up in Kevin Pietersen debate as he continues to mastermind England's downfall

Australia coach admits it is not for him to comment ahead of the five-match ODI series and two Twenty20 fixtures

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 wants to carry on playing for England until 2016

The Ashes 2013-14: 'I just laugh off Aussie remarks', says Kevin Pietersen

Batsman also spoke of his intention to play for England until at least 2016

Ashley Giles must decide whether to continue with Kevin Pietersen as opener when Alastair Cook and Ian Bell return

England stand by Michael Carberry as series fizzles out

The time has almost come for Australia’s tour of England to end. It will be a merciful release. The arrival of autumn and the familiarity of the teams have conspired to lend a perfunctory air to the later proceedings.

Kevin Pietersen prepares for the ODI series against Australia

Kevin Pietersen plays mentor role well for England says former captain Andrew Strauss

Pietersen is providing a reassuring and encouraging presence for the clutch of emerging players

James Anderson celebrates after England retain the Ashes
Virat Kohli of India celebrates victory during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between England and India at Edgbaston
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