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England drop to fifth in ICC rankings after Ashes misery

Australia and England have swapped places in the ICC test rankings. Credit: PA

England have dropped to fifth in the International Cricket Council Test rankings after their Ashes misery was completed with an innings-and-123-run defeat in Sydney.

Joe Root's tourists had entered the series in third place in the standings, with Australia fifth, but the teams have swapped positions following a 4-0 victory for the hosts Down Under.

The heavy nature of England's defeat means they drop below fourth-placed New Zealand in the latest update.

India currently sit at the top of the table, while their current opponents in a three-Test series, South Africa, are second.

Vaughan hopes Stokes is hurting over Ashes absence

Stokes has been suspended by England whilst his criminal investigation is ongoing. Credit: PA

Michael Vaughan hopes Ben Stokes is "hurting more than the team in the dressing room" after England surrendered the Ashes following their latest defeat in Perth.

Stokes' absence has lingered over England's tour, which hit another low when they crashed to an innings-and-41-run loss to Australia, who took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The talismanic all-rounder has been suspended by England until the resolution of a criminal investigation into his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following a late-night fracas outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

He has been cleared to compete by the England and Wales Cricket Board in New Zealand's domestic limited-overs competitions, but his international team-mates have toiled badly without him in Australia.

And Ashes 2005-winning captain Vaughan told BT Sport 1: "I would hope that Ben Stokes was watching and I would hope that he's hurting more than the team in the dressing room.

"As soon as Ben Stokes did what he did, it was very clear to me he was going to struggle to be in Australia. I said it straight away that I didn't think England would have any chance without Ben Stokes."

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott questioned whether his presence would have had any impact on the result, and Vaughan replied: "No it wouldn't but I hope he's hurting more than the players that have been here."

Anderson strikes but Australia in charge of 2nd Ashes Test

James Anderson leads the England charge in Adelaide. Credit: PA

James Anderson struck early in Australia's second innings but the hosts remained firmly in control after bowling England out for 227 on day three of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Debutant Craig Overton had been left stranded nine runs short of a half-century in his maiden Test innings as the tourists fell short of the follow-on mark - Nathan Lyon finished with four for 60 and Mitchell Starc three for 49 - in reply to 442 for eight declared.

England subsided in desultory fashion from the moment James Vince was caught behind off Josh Hazlewood in the first full over of the day, but, from 142 for seven, numbers eight and nine Chris Woakes and Overton showed others how it should have been done as they dug in for a stand of 66 before the last two wickets fell without addition to the score shortly after dinner.

The tourists were spared the task of having to begin their second innings under lights when Australia chose to bat again, and Anderson induced an edge from Cameron Bancroft which was snapped up by Jonny Bairstow in the third over. Australia were 35 for one at the drinks interval.

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