Playing two Ashes Test series back-to-back proved too much for Cook’s
side. While the Australians were reborn under Darren Lehmann’s coaching, England
struggled to find enough energy and motivation. Trott and Swann left the tour
early while the days of Finn, Prior, Bresnan, Tremlett and Pietersen looked
numbered. The only bright spot at the time seemed to be Ben Stokes for
scoring a century at Perth but thereafter a
string of ducks cost him his England
place, even for the 2015 World Cup.
Australia won the
first three Tests easily to regain the Ashes. Although this had seemed to be
a ‘run of the mill’ Australian team, with a single world-class player in
Michael Clarke, ten others played to their utmost, and Mitchell Johnson found
himself at last bowling with accuracy, lift and swing as well as speed to
leave the England batting shell-shocked. Ryan Harris’s probing line left
nothing loose to hit, so the runs dried up. Nor had the bowlers any answers
to David Warner’s destructive assaults at the top of the order and, as the
back-to-back Tests progressed, England folded.
It was the third time that England
had lost 5-0 in Australia
after 1920-21 and 2006-07.
Australia then stormed to a 4-1
win in the one-day internationals and 3-0 in the T20 series, and England’s whole outlook
was condemned.Andy Flower stood down
as coach and Kevin Pietersen was dismissed from the England set-up as an divisive
influence in the dressing room.
Geoff Miller (national
director),James Whitaker, Ashley Giles.
Not included: Tim
Bresnan recovering from a stress fracture was not included in the team but
would travel with the touring party to Australia and continue his
rehabilitation there, with a view to joining the squad later.
Tour Party Announced : 23
Not selected:Nick Compton, Graham Onions,James Taylor.
Limited-overs squads named :10 December.
Time between selection and departure from England
(23 September - 23 October)
After a team-bonding meeting in the Midlands, the tour
group plus Tim Bresnan flew from Heathrow
Airport, London, on Wednesday evening 23 October. Arrived in Perth on Thursday.
Essex left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills flew to Australia on
Sunday 27 October to assist with net
The limited-overs squad players arrived on 8 January.
Some were already in Australia
with the England Performance Programme (Briggs, Buttler and Jordan) or
playing in the T20 Big Bash (Bopara and Morgan)
Time spent in Australia
(24 October - 2 February)
Trottreturned home with a
stress-related illness, departing from Brisbane
on Sunday 24 November. Tim Bresnan was given a trial in the English
Performance Squad match and pronounced himself fit enough to re-join the
Swann announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after the
third Test and left the tour on 21 December.
Scott Borthwick and James Tredwellwere
brought into the tour party to replace Swann.
Stuart Broad was asked to rest for the
first two ODIs and James Anderson for the whole series after their exertions
in the Test series, and Chris Woakes was added to the England
limited-overs squad on 6 January.
Chris Jordan, part of England’s ODI squad,
remained in Australia for the three-match T20 series because Steven Finn
returned home on 16 January, his confidence gone such that coach Ashley Giles
described him as ‘unselectable’.
announced the full schedule on 18 May
with the fewest ODIs in an Australian summer since 1980.
Western Australia Chairman’s XI
Australian Invitation XI
Won 7 w
C A Chairman’s XI
Lost 6 w
Prime Minister’s XI
Won 172 r
Lost 1 w
Lost 7 w
Won 57 r
Lost 5 r
Lost 13 r
Lost 8 w
Lost 84 r
† not first-class
§ one-day international
Time spent in Australia before First Test: 28
(24 October - 21 November)
appearances on tour
x other match
⊕ T/20 international
W wonL lostD drawn
Thirty players were involved in the tour, although Chris Woakes
was not used in any match.
The Test players departed from Sydney on 8 January, Pietersen
having got on a flight the day before.
England lost the third T20 and left Sydney on 2 February to return home
Time away from England
October -3 February )
of the tour
“Ashes to Ashes :The Story of the Back-to-Back Series”by Gideon Haigh (Simon & Schuster,
The players had only a two-week
break at home before setting off again for the Caribbean, leading up to the
World T20 championship in Bangladesh.
Kevin Pietersen attracted much
of the blame for the Ashes defeat for underperforming, given own
extraordinary abilities. Pietersen himself criticised the ECB for scheduling
ten back-to-back Tests, with England
away from home for the second set of them. Among other reasons for England’s
humiliation . Michael Atherton in The Times
pointed the finger at excessive control by the England backroom staff: "Every
whim is catered for. The impression is of a closed, institutionalised and
Test tours in 2013-14
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