'Any team without Kevin Pietersen in it I don't think is as strong,' the Aussie skipper said as the Ashes build up beginsRead the full story ›
The England and Wales Cricket Board says the team needs to "rebuild" after its 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia, and create a "culture" in which it can be confident Alastair Cook will be fully supported.
The ECB recognises the significant contribution Kevin has made to England teams over the last decade. He has played some of the finest innings ever produced by an England batsman.
However, the England team needs to rebuild after the whitewash in Australia. To do that we must invest in our captain Alastair Cook and we must support him in creating a culture in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other. It is for those reasons that we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.
England have retained the Women's Ashes after a nine-wicket win over Australia.
Captain Charlotte Edwards hit 92 not out in the first Twenty20 match of the Ashes tour to give England an unassailable lead in the series.
The victory meant England won the multi-format series 10-4 with two Twenty20 games to spare and will lift the trophy for the second time inside six months.
England's success in Australia starkly contrasts the performance of the men's team who were whitewashed 5-0.
England's much-maligned cricketers finally have reason for small cheer after the one day international (ODI) team recorded a rare victory to avoid another embarrassing whitewash on their tour of Australia.
Alastair Cook's side went into the game in Perth 3-0 down to Australia in the already surrendered five-game ODI series, which followed the 5-0 Ashes humbling of the Test team.
But the tourists finally outplayed their hosts, hitting 316-8 before bowling Australia out for 259 to claim a 57-run win.
England coach Andy Flower has given his thoughts after the side's 5-0 defeat in the latest Ashes series.
England coach Andy Flower has admitted he is "angry" about the way the latest Ashes series went, but insisted he excited about the next series.
Flower is "angry about the way the tour has gone" but he definitely wants to take England forward. #ashes
Andy Flower has stated that it "does feel like the end of an era" but he is excited about a new England team #ashes
England coach Andy Flowers has insisted "there is time to get things right" after his team's 5-0 whitewash in the latest Ashes series in Australia.
He also confirmed that he would stay on in his current role as coach.
Australia have beaten England by 281 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney, completing a 5-0 series whitewash.
England appeared to be heading towards an Ashes whitewash after another hapless batting display as they closed day two of the final Test 311 runs behind at the SCG.
The tourists subsided to 155 all out by tea, and then Chris Rogers (73no) guided Australia to 140 for four at stumps to keep the onus on England to buck all the trends of their hugely unsuccessful tour to avoid defeat number five here.
Only Ben Stokes provided an oasis of effective batting in an England innings which yet again fell well short of requirements.
They lost four wickets for 15 to stumble to 23 for five - and hard as Stokes battled, in stands of 39 with debutant Gary Ballance and 49 with Jonny Bairstow, it seemed England's miserable campaign was accelerating towards an apt conclusion.
England are all out for 155 in the fifth Ashes Test, trailing Australia by 171 in Sydney, and narrowly avoiding a follow-on by passing a target of 127 runs.