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Ashes: England players refuse to speak to the media at Brisbane airport

The England players arrive at Alice Springs airport

The England squad have closed ranks after a turbulent few days for the tourists in Australia.

A first Test thrashing at the Gabba was followed by an on-going row over sledging, while England then saw batsman Jonathan Trott head home with a stress-related illness.

The tour now moves to Alice Springs for a two-day game against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI. However the squad opted against speaking to the media as they left Brisbane.

England skipper Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and Michael Carberry were among those who refused to answer questions at the airport.

The players faced repeated questions about Trott's departure, with Pietersen walking past with earphones in saying "I can't hear you" to the press.

The Ashes Verdict panel discuss who they think should replace Jonathan Trott in Australia.

Trott - described as a "rock" for England in recent years by coach Andy Flower - left the touring party on Sunday and there are no immediate plans to replace him.


Ian Bell and Joe Root are the obvious candidates for a move up the order to replace Trott at No 3, with Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes vying for the free spot in the side.

Tim Bresnan is also set to play for the England Performance Programme team in a three-day match against a Queensland XI in Brisbane - starting on Wednesday - to try to prove his fitness ahead of the second Test in Adelaide.

England flew in and out of Alice Springs - they will return on Wednesday, to begin preparations for the tour match starting on Friday - and have travelled on to the tourist attraction and sacred site of Uluru.

The Ashes verdict panel discuss Jonathan Trott's departure from the Ashes Tour of Australia.

On their return, Flower and captain Cook will begin to figure out in earnest whether Root or Bell is promoted.

No decision

Of the latter, Flower said: "I would agree ... moving around the order might not be ideal.

"But then the Trott incident, we could not foresee that.

"Root played superbly towards the end of that (first) Test - he showed what a good, young, mature man he is and a very fine player. So he would be capable of doing that. We haven't made that decision yet."

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and Australia coach Darren Lehmann both sent messages of support to Trott.

Sutherland said: "All the staff, management and players at Cricket Australia wish Jonathan Trott well. We hope to see him fit and healthy and back on the cricket field soon."

Lehmann used Twitter to say: "I wish Jonathon Trott a speedy recovery from a tough situation, a safe flight home to be with family!"

The second Test in Adelaide will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 HD from December 5.

Who should bat at number three for England in Adelaide?

  • Ian Bell
  • Joe Root
  • Kevin Pietersen
  • Other