Sport Kevin Pietersen can either wait for the IPL auction next month or play county cricket in England

There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over

Alastair Cook is bowled by Mitchell Johnson in the Second Test of the Ashes series

Ashes 2013-14: Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin make England pay for their drops

England have forced their way out of many difficult positions in recent series, but they must now be wondering if the Ashes are slipping from their grasp

Spectators enjoy the atmosphere during the first day of the second Ashes Test

Ashes 2013-14: Sweet Adelaide delivers Jimmy and his old chums from menace of Gabba

The half-built ground was missing the sharpness of the crowd at the First Test but the match is yet to hot up

Monty Panesar bowls Steve Smith on the first day of the second Test in Adelaide

Ashes 2013-14: England let slip their just reward for adopting spin twins

Three missed catches take shine off solid opening day for tourists as Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar justify selection and Ben Stokes performs well in first Test

England could select fit-again bowler Tim Bresnan after he recovered from a stress fracture in his lower back

Ashes 2013-14: England bowler Tim Bresnan declares himself ready and raring to go ahead of Second Test

Bresnan has recovered from a stress fracture to his lower back and could feature in the Second Test in Adelaide later this week

Graeme Swann takes part in an Aboriginal dance during a visit to
Ayers Rock

Ashes 2013-14: England find time to smile for now but vow to resume sledging war in second Test against Australia

Tourists must prepare in the outback this week for the cauldron of the second Test in Adelaide

Australia captain Michael Clarke exchanges words with England's James Anderson

Ashes 2013-14: Australia captain Michael Clarke fined for 'using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting' towards England bowler James Anderson

The ICC have hit Clarke with a 20% fine of his match fee after his comments in the closing stages of the first Test in Brisbane

The Australian players celebrate another wicket on their way to victory over England

Ashes 2013-14: England crushed as Australia take 1-0 series lead

Australia v England, First Test, , fourth day: Few crumbs of comfort for Cook’s shattered side as they look to turn round another Test series after a disastrous start

Jonathan Trott fails to keep his hook shot down and is caught in the deep during the first Test

Ashes 2013-14: Clueless England go from bad to worse as Aussies dominate third day of opening Test

Australia v England, First Test, , third day

The Aussie Angle on the Ashes 2013-14: Exceptional Clarke has silenced his critics at last

If the mark of a true champion is their capacity to perform at their very best under the most intense scrutiny and pressure, then Michael Clarke belongs in the ranks of the truly exceptional.

Mitchell Johnson of Australia bats during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Ashes 2013-14: The Aussie Angle - Mitchell Johnson provides one of the few positives

The late coming of Mitchell Johnson – with the bat – has papered over the thick cracks that still race in all directions through the Australian top order.

Stuart Broad of England shows the ball to the crowd after dismissing Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba

Ashes 2013-14: Was baiting Stuart Broad the stupidest recent decision by Australia?

'Operation Broad', designed to unsettle the England paceman, backfired spectacularly on the first day

Kevin Pietersen of England during a nets session at Sydney Cricket Ground

Ashes 2013-14: England warm up for first real Test with a seven wicket win over Australia XI

Australia XI v England, tour match, SCG, fourth day

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