Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann rested for ODI series against Australia

The trio need a break says England head coach Andy Flower

Ashes 2013-14: England's batsmen have got 'no bottle' says Geoffrey Boycott

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott has criticised the application of the national team's current batsmen after yet another devastating collapse against Australia.

Warwicks defend name change to Birmingham for T20 Blast

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Kevin Pietersen wants to carry on playing for England until 2016

The Ashes 2013-14: 'I just laugh off Aussie remarks', says Kevin Pietersen

Batsman also spoke of his intention to play for England until at least 2016

George Bailey has impressed with his captaincy of Australia’s 50-over side

The Ashes 2013-14: 'I’ll only get one crack at it at 31, so I’ll just be myself,' says George Bailey

Australian batsman looking forward to his Test debut

Graeme Swann celebrates with Jonathan Bairstow after dismissing Aaron Finch of CA Invitational XI during day three of the tour match

The Ashes 2013-14: Aaron Finch warns Graeme Swann that Pup, Watto and Bails will be flying

Four of the top six batsman passed the half-century mark but runs for Root will be the most pleasing thing for England

David Warner has not been selected for the ODI series

Australia batsman David Warner vows to grow up and act like a 'mature adult' after latest sanction for grade game no-show

Warner was handed a one-match suspended ban by Cricket New South Wales for skipping a match to go to the races

Steve Harmison holds the Ashes urn with Andrew Flintoff in 2005

Former England bowler Steve Harmison announces retirement from cricket

Bowler was part of England's Ashes-winning team in 2005

Clarke is struggling with a lower-back injury

The Ashes: Australia captain Michael Clarke unsure if he will be fit for opening Test against England next month

Clarke's reoccurence of a back injury has put his participation in the first Test at the Gabba on November 21 into doubt

Nasser Hussain is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports

Nasser Hussain leads the race to fill national role

Former captain in line for England team director's post after Strauss rules himself out

Jos Buttler has completed his move to Lancashire

Lancashire complete expected signing of England One-Day International wicketkeeper Jos Buttler after Somerset exit

The 23-year-old had been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford after his contract with his local side expired last week

Mike Gatting dreams of taking T20 to China

The MCC’s new president, Mike Gatting, intends to take cricket to China. If he succeeds it might be considered a greater achievement than leading England to an away Ashes victory, as he did in 1986.

Hick in recent times

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Former England bat tells Richard Edwards there is talent coming through Down Under – it just needs honing

Book review: Squeezing the Orange, By Henry Blofeld

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Jos Buttler hits out against Australia in Cardiff

England vs Australia ODI: Anything is possible for Jos Buttler the fearless

Series still to play for after another thrilling innings from England’s fastest run-maker

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