England captain Alastair Cook looks dejected as Australia celebrates their Ashes triumph after the fifth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Ian Botham 'embarrassed' by Alastair Cook's 'spineless' England after series whitewash

Cook's side were ruthlessly brushed aside Down Under

Lleyton Hewitt (right) holds the winners trophy while Roger Federer holds the runner up prize in Brisbane

Brisbane International: Lleyton Hewitt rolls back years to stun Roger Federer and take title

There is probably as much chance of a home-grown male singles champion here at the Australian Open later this month as there is of Lleyton Hewitt arriving at Melbourne Park in one of the city trams, but at least the Adelaide-born former world No 1 will offer the prospect of some excitement for locals when the year’s first Grand Slam tournament begins in seven days’ time.

Ashes 2013-14: Green Sydney wicket could force changes for Michael Clarke as the Australia captain targets whitewash

Clarke admits that he doesn't know his own side just yet, let alone England's after SCG pitch is left with a lot of grass on the strip ahead of final Ashes Test

Michael Clarke compared the influence of Matt Prior to that of veteran keeper Brad Haddin

The Ashes 2013-14: Matt Prior should be back in the team, says Michael Clarke

Throughout these eternal Ashes series each side has been eager to leave the other to their own devices. Inquiries about opponents have been met with a polite but blanket rejection. "What they do is none of our business, guv," has been the gist of the reply as though it was enshrined in the regulations for the series.

Shane Watson and Michael Clarke celebrate the Fourth Ashes Test victory over England

Ashes 2013-14: Australia turn attentions to 5-0 whitewash after bowling coach Craig McDermott admits 'excitement' ahead of final Test

Australia could record their second 5-0 series win in three Ashes tours Down Under following the 2006-07 success

Ashes 2013-14: Ian Bell - The top six got in and again didn’t go on

England's top order once again collapsed after they looked set to build towards a good score with Kevin Pietersen the only one to push on past 50

Graeme Swann retires from cricket midway through the Ashes series

Graeme Swann retirement: Spinner hits at the media out after grandmother was interviewed

The 36-year-old quit midway through the Ashes series

Alastair Cook looks dejected after Australia win the Ashes at Perth

Ashes 2013-14: England must start change sooner rather than later - it is the only option

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

Ashes 2013-14: Australia regain Ashes with limp England showing stamp of terminal decline

Nathan Lyons dismissal of Ben Stokes triggers tailend collapse leading to England to be all out for 353

Kiwi bird could be Australian: New Zealand's bird could be from Australia, scientists say

New fossil research suggests the kiwi and emu share a common ancestor which travelled over to the smaller island nation millions of years ago

Double-edged: Boycott (left) and Vaughan were both critical

Ashes 2013-14: Geoffrey Boycott claims England selectors 'have cocked it up big time' after losing the Ashes to Australia

England lost in Perth to go down 3-0 in the Series and lose their four year hold on the Ashes

Australia reclaim Ashes from England in Perth: Third Test, day five – as it happened

Nothing could disguise the extent to which England had been outplayed across the series

Australia's James Faulkner looks dejected after suffering a broken thumb when he was hit on the hand during a nets session

Ashes 2013-14: James Faulkner ruled out with broken thumb but Australia captain Michael Clarke remains hopeful on Ryan Harris

Harris is struggling with a sore knee but is expected to be fit for the Third Test which begins in Perth tomorrow

Ian Botham was part of the last England side to win in Perth in 1978 under Mike Brearley

The Ashes: Sir Ian Botham left embarrassed by England team's decline

A select few England cricketers know what it is like to win a Test match in Perth. They number 11 to be exact since it has happened only once. It should come as no surprise to know that Sir Ian Botham is among them.

England has won bronze at the Argentina Hockey World League final

Hockey: Maddie Hinch’s shoot-out heroics help England win bronze

England won bronze at the Argentina Hockey World League final thanks to a shoot-out victory over the host nation in San Miguel de Tucuman on Sunday.

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