One more defeat would leave England equalling their worst ever run of 10 matches without victory
The French can talk a brilliant game, especially when England loom large on their horizon. "It's a mythical match for us," said Pascal Papé of Stade Francais, the new captain of Les Bleus, "and losing is not an option." Then came the coach, Philippe Saint-André, and his assertion that in Paris a week on Saturday, his side would "not start with the starter but begin with the main course, with roast beef straight away". When it comes to the word play, Stuart Lancaster and company struggle to keep pace.
Defeat on Friday will make it nine internationals in a row on tour
The midfielder could qualify to play for the Three Lions
Chelsea bid twice for the England striker and there are strong indications that Mourinho still believes he can sign the player
England were in shock. They were probably in meltdown as well. In losing to Australia by one wicket with three balls to spare after the last-wicket pair put on 57, it was entering the kind of territory where you wondered when they might win again.
Finn returned home from Australia after failing to make an appearance due to concerns over his bowling technique
Thomas is expected to join Bath at the end of the season while Gaskell has been linked with a move to London Wasps
Captain Alastair Cook failed to survive the first over
The bowler took three quick wickets to turn the Test around
Old boys helping Stuart Lancaster turn Mike Brown, Alex Goode and Co into a Six Nations scoring machine
Tourists lost three early wickets to finish day two on 18-3 with Australia holding a slender six-run lead overnight
Cook's side were bowled out for 166 in their second innings to confirm a 281-run win for their rivals
The ECB chief executive David Collier has given his backing to the under-fire pair
Both Flower and England captain Alastair Cook are under pressure as they try to avoid a 5-0 Ashes whitewash to Australia
Tourists labour to 226 for 6 before 91,000 crowd