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England's bowlers have struggled to make any impact in Australia and the 23-year-old knows he could be handed a chance if he impresses on Tour of Sri Lanka

Matt Prior has put the Ashes whitewash defeat down to poor professionalism from the England side

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England could select fit-again bowler Tim Bresnan after he recovered from a stress fracture in his lower back

Ashes 2013-14: England bowler Tim Bresnan declares himself ready and raring to go ahead of Second Test

Bresnan has recovered from a stress fracture to his lower back and could feature in the Second Test in Adelaide later this week

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Chris Tremlett, James Anderson and Stuart Broad train as rain prevents any play again in Hobart

The Ashes 2013-14: England will not go hungry but risk being undercooked as dietary demands are revealed

England’s elaborate dietary demands in pursuit of the Ashes cooked up a hugely entertaining media storm. But they could not quite disguise the fact that the complete world stocks of pumpkin seed and goji berry bars or buckwheat pancake with probiotic yogurt and fresh berries – merely two of the tourists’ extensive list equating to a foodie’s heaven – will be unable to help if they cannot get on the park.

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