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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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Alex Doolan has been tipped to replace George Bailey for Australia's test with South Africa

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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.

England's Ashes warm-up match was rained off for the second day in succession
Alastair Cook must recapture the touch he had early in his captaincy

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Kevin Pietersen will be welcomed back but captain is key for a side whose batting is wobbling worryingly

Peter Fulton of New Zealand bats during day four of the Third Test match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park

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Peter Fulton makes the catch to end my Wellington innings

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