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.
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.
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.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been seen for the first time in public with both their children at Sandringham.
Any remaining heavy showers should clear to leave a dry night. Lows of 12 deg C.