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

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The batsman faces being ousted from the international set-up following England's 5-0 defeat in the Ashes

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'

Australia celebrate their Ashes victory with the public in front of the Sydney Opera House

Ashes 2013-14: Victorious Australians celebrate series whitewash with parade in front of adoring public and Prime Minister

Parade took place in Sydney where Australia claimed the 5-0 series win last week

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

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We take a look at who should be in the side when England return to the long format of the game

Laura Robson was forced to pull out of her comeback from injury at the Hobart International

Laura Robson return ruined just before Australian Open after retiring injured with wrist injury in Hobart International

Robson won the first set before retiring hurt which comes as the latest blow in an effort to be fit for the Australian Open

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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

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

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: England cricket captain Alastair Cook apologised to fans after 5-0 series whitewash

Cook's side were bowled out for 166 in their second innings to confirm a 281-run win for their rivals

Alex Doolan has been tipped to replace George Bailey for Australia's test with South Africa
England batting coach Graham Gooch has admitted that the entire squad and coaching staff must prove they deserve to be there after the Ashes thrashing they received by Australia

Ashes 2013-14: It’s just not good enough, but more pain before gain, says batting coach Graham Gooch

Former Test captain admits everyone among the players and coaching staff needs to step up and prove they deserve to be their

No England player reached 50, with Ben Stokes, who took six for 99 on day one, the top scorer with 47

Ashes 2013-14: England face worst Ashes whitewash

Of the three 5-0 defeats inflicted by Australia this is the biggest disaster as tourists’ batting crumbles once again and captain Alastair Cook looks like he has no more give

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