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ECB: England needs to 'rebuild' after Ashes 'whitewash'

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 and Wales Cricket Board and Professional Cricketers' Association joint statement


England retain Women's Ashes after nine wicket win

England have retained the Women's Ashes after a nine-wicket win over Australia.

Captain Charlotte Edwards holding the Ashes trophy after England's win last year. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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 cricketers finally claim win in Australia

Ben Stokes hit 70 with the bat before taking four wickets to be crowned man of the match as Australia's cricketers finally tasted defeat. Credit: Ross Swanborough/AAP/Press Association

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.

Andy Flower 'angry about the way the tour has gone'

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.


England head towards Ashes whitewash in Sydney

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.

England's Ben Stokes leaves the field after being bowled out by Australia's Peter Siddle. Credit: Press Association

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 all out for 155 in the fifth Ashes Test

Australia celebrate taking the final wicket of England's first innings on day two at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

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.

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