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Battle lines have been drawn in the Ashes

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England are on the rack after heavy defeats in the opening two Tests Down Under, which have led to big questions being asked of Alastair Cook's squad and much soul-searching within the camp.

How can they deal with the express pace of Mitchell Johnson? How can they revive their batting? Who can provide them with a cutting edge with the ball to trouble the Australian batsmen? Have the Australians dealt a hammer blow with their sledging? Have England lost their nerve? Their belief? Their heart?

No-one has been immune from interrogation with the likes of Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior among the batsmen scrutinised over their inability to deal with the pace and fire of the Australian attack.

Johnson has been tearing into England's batting line-up with relish and will be even more revved up to bully and terrorise the tourists on the fast track at his home ground in the third Test.

Defeat in Perth will see Cook's squad relinquish the Ashes for the first time since their torrid tour of 2006/07, when they lost the series 5-0 in Australia.

A third loss to the Australians would also shorten the odds on Cook's men suffering the unenviable fate of Andrew Flintoff's charges two tours ago by going down to a humiatiing whitewash.

Can England fightback? Or are Australia on an unstoppable course to a series whitewash?

Thursday, December 12 - Monday, December 16

3rd Test: Australia vs England, Perth

Wednesday, December 25 - Sunday, December 29

4th Test: Australia vs England, Melbourne

Thursday, January 2 - Monday, January 6

5th Test: Australia vs England, Sydney