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What a fine mess English cricket finds itself in. Yet for supporters of a certain age, the last two months in Australia have just been a return to normal service.

Australia batsman George Bailey has admitted taking some 'pride' in seeing England struggle

ODI series: George Bailey admits 'pride' in England troubles as Australia continue to make life difficult for struggling tourists

The departure of Steven Finn saw the bowler become the third player to leave the Tour Down Under after Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann both returned home early

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Australia coach Darren Lehmann has refused to comment on the Kevin Pietersen debacle as England's calamitous series continues

Ashes 2013-14: Darren Lehmann refuses to get caught up in Kevin Pietersen debate as he continues to mastermind England's downfall

Australia coach admits it is not for him to comment ahead of the five-match ODI series and two Twenty20 fixtures

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

City make plans for Wembley after hammer horror

Chris Woakes has been added to England's squad for the one-day international series against Australia

Ashes 2013-14: England call-up Chris Woakes for one-day series with a number of Test flops set to be rested

England will head into the five-match series off the back of a Test whitewash with calls for new faces to be merged into the squad

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

Spin bowler Scott Borthwick has been linked with an England call-up for the final Ashes test

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England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow could not explain why England had suffered yet another batting collapse in the Fourth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Jonny Bairstow lost for words in explaining England's dire batting performance that could cost them Test win

Having been 65-0, England collapsed once again to finish their second innings 179 all-out and set Australia 231 for victory

England celebrate after Stuart Broad takes the wicket of Ryan Harris late on day two

Ashes 2013-14: At last, England find discipline with ball to rattle the Aussies

England lead by 91 runs: Stokes adds depth to tourists’ bowling after Pietersen baffles again with poor shot

Ryan Harris celebrates the dismissal of Ian Bell on day one of the Fourth Test
Ian Bell in the nets ahead of the Fourth Ashes Test against Australia at the MCG

Ian Bell on Ashes 2013-14: I don't think anyone expected the series to be over so quick, but we'll be back

Australia have out-played us in every department so far

Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match

Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen has 'less than zero interest' in Graeme Swann's remark about people being 'up their own backsides'

The retiring spin bowler appeared to aim a parting shot - although at exactly who is somewhat unclear

Graeme Swann announces his decision to retire from international and first-class cricket

Ashes 2013-14: Graeme Swann denies those 'up their own backsides' are among the England side

The retired spin bowler appeared to be taking a swipe at the team he leaves behind in Australia

Ricky Ponting believes England are

Ashes 2013-14: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting claims England are 'past it' and calls for star names to be dropped

Retired Ponting feels that England showed they were on the decline in the summer Ashes Series which has continued to show Down Under

David Warner is the top scorer in the current Ashes series and has moved up to 11th in the world

Ashes 2013-14: David Warner overhauls Alastair Cook and Ian Bell in ICC rankings

David Warner has leapfrogged the England duo Ian Bell and Alastair Cook up to 11th place in the new ICC Test rankings for batsmen after helping Australia to reclaim the Ashes in Perth.

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