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The spin bowler quit midway through the disastrous tour of Australia

Australia: First shark killed as controversial culling policy begins

The three-metre animal, believed to be a female tiger shark, was caught on bait lines and shot in the head four times at close range

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

James Tredwell believes that the England team need to be honest with themselves following the abysmal tour of Australia

ODI series: England must be as honest with themselves as Alastair Cook has been, claims spinner James Tredwell

Tredwell believes that England haven't given a full demonstration of their skills during a tour that they are yet to avoid defeat on

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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

Shaun Marsh is hoping to tie down a regular place in the Australia side despite heading into his thirties

Shaun Marsh hoping to flourish late in his career to tie-down a regular spot in Australia side

Marsh has just seven Test caps after inconsistency and injury blighted his rise through the Aussie ranks

Ashes 2013-14: Green Sydney wicket could force changes for Michael Clarke as the Australia captain targets whitewash

Clarke admits that he doesn't know his own side just yet, let alone England's after SCG pitch is left with a lot of grass on the strip ahead of final Ashes Test

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

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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

Tourists labour to 226 for 6 before 91,000 crowd

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Steven Finn is yet to play in the 2013-14 Ashes and has had to watch England lose the urn from the sidelines

Ashes 2013-14: England disappointment at series loss reflects frustration for bowler Steven Finn as he is yet to feature Down Under

Both Finn and Boyd Rankin are yet to be used in the bowling attack and Finn admits that it has been frustrating watching the side surrender the Ashes from the sidelines

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.

England batsman Ben Stokes hit his way to his maiden century in the Third Ashes Test in Perth

Ashes 2013-14: Ben Stokes hundred in Perth highlights England's batting failures this series, admits coach Andy Flower

Flower says Stokes' 120 was 'brilliant' but accepts it underlines the batting failures that have haunted the team in their Ashes defeat

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