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England Lions bowler James Harris hoping to take full advantage of any Test opportunities that come his way after Steven Finn departure

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

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

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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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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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