Andy Flower admits watching Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott put Australia to the sword helped in his recovery from facial surgery.
Pacemen Ryan Harris and Doug Bollinger have been included in the Australia squad for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
England and Australia will head to Adelaide all square after a record-breaking second innings helped the tourists draw in Brisbane.
Andrew Strauss insists England will look to continue their heroics with the bat on the final day after finishing day four on 309-1.
England are struggling to save the first Ashes Test after a record stand of 307 between Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin at the Gabba.
England coach Andy Flower should return to the Gabba on Saturday after undergoing surgery to remove a melanoma from his cheek.
England will need to take early wickets on day three of the first Ashes Test, with Australia just 40 runs behind on 220-5.
Peter Siddle claimed a hat-trick as England were dismissed for just 260 on day one of the 1st Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Australia batsman Michael Clarke has been passed fit to play in the first Ashes Test following on-going back problems.
Former England Mike Gatting feels Thursday's first session will be key to determining who wins the battle for the Ashes this winter.
Andrew Flintoff believes the upcoming Ashes series will be close but has tipped England to win with Kevin Pietersen playing a big role.
Australia have called up Usman Khawaja on standby as Michael Clarke remains a doubt for the first Test against England.
Graeme Swann says England's preparations for the Ashes couldn't have gone any better and he can't wait for the first Test.
Australia spin bowler Nathan Hauritz has failed to make the final 13-man squad for the first Ashes Test against England.
Mike Hussey feels he has earned his place in the Australia team to face England after scoring a century for Western Australia.
Ian Bell warmed up nicely for the first Test with 192 as England close in on victory against Australia A in Hobart.
The West Indies will need to take all 10 Sri Lanka wickets on day five if they are to win the first Test in Galle.
Ian Bell scored a fine century as England reached 330-5 against Australia A at the close of day two in Hobart.
Chris Tremlett took 4-54, while Ajmal Shahzad and Tim Bresnan were in the wickets, as England bowled out Australia A for 230 in Hobart.
England batting coach Graham Gooch believes the squad is totally focused on winning the Ashes and has praised their work ethic.
The Australia selectors have named three uncapped players in their 17-man squad for the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Stuart Broad has confirmed he and fellow bowlers James Anderson, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn will miss England's final tour match.
James Anderson believes he and the rest of England's attack would definitely benefit if they are rested for the final warm-up game.
Graeme Swann took four wickets to put England firmly in control of their second warm-up match against South Australia.
Mitchell Johnson is determined to focus on his game and ignore the ever-increasing verbals ahead of the upcoming Ashes.
Paul Collingwood returned to the scene of his Test double hundred to hit 94 in England's second warm-up match with South Australia.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended the central contract of Zulqarnain Haider, whose future is now further in doubt.
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has retired from international cricket after receiving threats over his personal safety.
England coach Andy Flower has backed Alistair Cook to come good in the Ashes and is happy with England's preparation so far.
Michael Clarke has played down reports that his team-mates are unhappy with the way he leads the side in Ricky Ponting's absence.
A maiden first-class century from Harbhajan Singh helped India secure a draw against New Zealand in the first Test in Ahmedabad.
Michael Clarke's unbeaten 50 helped Australia end a seven-match losing streak as they secured an eight wicket ODI win over Sri Lanka.
Andrew Strauss hailed England's display after his unbeaten 120 helped them to a six-wicket victory against Western Australia in Perth.
Australia's Ashes preparations are in desperate shape after they slumped to their seventh successive defeat.
India remain in control of the first Test against New Zealand in Ahmedabad after ending day two 418 runs ahead.
Stuart Broad claimed three wickets as England enjoyed a promising first day of their opening tour match against Western Australia.
Centuries by Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid have put India in the driving seat after day one of the first Test with New Zealand.
England captain Andrew Strauss is determined to learn the lessons of four years ago and is targeting victory against Western Australia.
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga's record ninth-wicket partnership helped guide Sri Lanka to a one-wicket ODI win against Australia.
South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 33.
Matt Prior believes England are "confident" going into the Ashes series but insists there is "no complacency" among the tourists.
Suspended Pakistan pair Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have blasted the ICC's rejection of the appeal against their bans.
England all-rounder Stuart Broad has confirmed Graeme Swann is 'fine' despite suffering a blow in the first net session in Australia.
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