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The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

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Slogging on the spot: Joss Buttler hits out during his innings in Perth

Jos Buttler serves up a tasty glimpse of England’s future

Among the myriad topics for debate before next summer is the wicketkeeping question. It is like welcoming back an old friend. Jos Buttler, potential batting genius and athletic wicketkeeper with the sharpest reflexes, has staked an early claim to a berth in the Test team which may prove irresistible.

Ben Stokes wants to become a key figure for England following his match-winning performance against Australia

ODI series: Ben Stokes hoping to become Englnad's go-to man following match-winning performance against Australia

Stokes hit a career-best 70 before taking four wicket for 38 runs with the ball

Glenn Maxwell has been singled out for criticism by Darren Lehmann

ODI series: Darren Lehmann singles out Glenn Maxwell for criticism after first loss in series with England

The Australia coach blamed Maxwell for playing a poor shot when they were well placed for the victory

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has admitted the side are in a 'desperate state' as they face the prospect of equalling their worst ever run of defeats

ODI series: Prospect of longest ever losing streak has left England in a 'very desperate' state, admits Jos Buttler

One more defeat would leave England equalling their worst ever run of 10 matches without victory

Alastair Cook will not play in the fourth ODI

England eager to avoid 'worst in history' tag

Defeat on Friday will make it nine internationals in a row on tour

George Bailey has been dropped from the Australian Test squad that will tour South Africa

George Bailey dropped from Australia Test squad that will tour South Africa

Bailey was arguably the only failure in the Test side that claimed a 5-0 Ashes whitewash victory over England

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Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor ready to fill No 3 vacancy left by Jonathan Trott

The 24-year-old played two Tests against South Africa in 2012

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

Shane Watson will be given a three-match rest in the ODI series with England

ODI series: Shane Watson given three-match break as Dan Christian joins Australia squad to provide cover for the all-rounder

Watson was due to be rested for Friday's match in Brisbane but will also sit out the third and fourth One-Day Internationals in Sydney and Perth

England women celebrate their victory in the Ashes Test match against Australia

Women's Ashes 2014: England dig deep to show the men how it's done and take a crucial six-point lead over Australia

England women claim a 61-run victory over their Australian counterparts to take an important lead in the current Ashes series

Graeme Swann announced his retirement following the third Ashes Test and England team director Andy Flower has admitted he regrets Swann's decision

Ashes 2013-14: England team director Andy Flower admits his regret over the retirement of spinner Graeme Swann

Flower praises 'outstanding' Swann but admits he had hoped the 34-year-old would see out the remainder of the tour

Ashes 2013-14: Ian Bell - The top six got in and again didn’t go on

England's top order once again collapsed after they looked set to build towards a good score with Kevin Pietersen the only one to push on past 50

Kevin Pietersen of England bats during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 December 2013

Ashes 2013-14: Scratchy Alastair Cook sets tone for ailing England

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