England have suffered a major setback in their quest to retain the Ashes urn with the news that Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the remainder of the series through injury.
The instrumental seamer suffered a torn abdominal muscle on day four of the second Test in Adelaide and will be out of action for up to 10 weeks.
As a result of the injury, Broad will also sit out the entire seven-match one-day international series against Australia which follows on from the five Tests.
Broad, 24, only took one Australia wicket during the series Down Under, however he has been England's most economical bowler so far.
Fellow pace bowlers Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Tremlett will now by vying for the vacant place in the team ahead of the third Test in Perth on December 16.
A distraught Broad said: "Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I've dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating.
"So far the series has been everything I had anticipated and knowing I'll play no further part is quite hard to take. Given the way we had started the series I was looking forward to playing a leading role in England retaining the Ashes but that's not to be.
"Injuries happen and there's nothing I can do about it other than make sure I get stuck into rehabilitation and come back stronger in time for the World Cup next year. This winter is a big one for the England team so my focus will have to shift to preparing for the World Cup."
England chief medical officer, Dr Nick Peirce, added: "Stuart has a torn abdominal muscle and as such will take no further part in the current Ashes tour of Australia. Given the nature of the injury Stuart has been ruled out of the forthcoming ODI series against Australia as well.
"Stuart will return to England shortly to commence a rehabilitation programme and we expect him to make a full recovery in time for the World Cup next year."