The Ashes 13/14: The Latest

All of the latest news from Australia as England fight to retain the urn for the fourth series in a row.

Live updates

Cook and England dealt Trott blow

Jonathan Trott is returning home from the Ashes tour. Credit: PA

England have been dealt a another blow with the news that batsman Jonathan Trott is heading home from the tour with a stress-related illness.

Trott's return means that England, captained by Essex star Alastair Cook, will have to make at least one change before battle resumes in Adelaide next week.

Not even Alastair Cook's battling 65 could prevent England from suffering a heavy defeat. Credit: PA

England go into the 2nd test on the back of a heavy defeat in Brisbane, as Australia cruised to a 381 run win with a day to spare.

Cook himself battled hard to make 65 as England were bowled out for 179 in their second innings, but his individual effort was a small highlight in an otherwise disastrous start to the Ashes series.

David Willey is also returning home to the UK. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey is also returning home early from Australia after picking up a lower back injury.

The 23-year-old has been with the England Performance Programme squad but will now undergo rehabilitation back in the UK.

Ashes Latest: Incredible England collapse allows Australia to seize control

England are facing an uphill struggle to save the first Ashes Test. Credit: PA

England are facing an uphill struggle to save the first Ashes Test after a disastrous batting collapse resulted in them being bowled out for 136.

Mitchell Johnson in particular terrorised the English batsmen, taking 4-61 in an inspired spell of bowling as England struggled in the Brisbane heat.

Michael Carberry top-scored for the tourists, hitting 40, but apart from that there was little resistance.

Ryan Harris celebrates dismissing Alastair Cook. Credit: PA

Essex star and England captain Alastair Cook could only make 13 at the top of the order, but England still looked set for a decent total with the scoreboard at 82-2.

However, in a phenomenal turnaround, England lost six wickets for just nine runs with Johnson and Ryan Harris causing mayhem.

It could have been even worse had Stuart Broad not registered a battling 32 to temporarily halt the slide, but England found soon found themselves on the back foot again, this time with the ball, as Australia got off to an ominous start in their second innings to reach 65-0 at the close of play.

It means that England already face a deficit of 224 runs with three days left to play with the need for quick Australian wickets on day three an obvious necessity.


Back to top