Ian Bell

Alastair Cook's head is bowed during the presentations

Pain can drive us to new heights

England have hit rock bottom, and now it's time to emerge from the rubble and start rebuilding

Ian Bell walks off after making a golden duck

Outplayed and outdone by Australia

England have been hammered in this series, but that doesn't mean the players and coaches are not good enough anymore

Graeme Swann arrives for his retirement press conference in Melbourne

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The beginning of a new journey

We will all miss Graeme Swann, but I want to play for another five years and I'm sure we have the talent to bounce back

Mitchell Johnson leaps in celebration of removing Alastair Cook

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Unfair to blame the coaching staff

Andy Flower has created an excellent environment and any criticism of him and the set-up is missing the mark. It's the players who have failed

Jonathan Trott trudges back to the pavilion

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Trott has brought us closer as a group

It's been hard to see him struggle but his troubles have brought the squad together and the break in Alice Springs has allowed them to regroup for Adelaide

Ian Bell and Matt Prior run off after the declaration

Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane

We'll have first-morning nerves

After more than three weeks in Australia, England are desperate for the Ashes to begin and it will be down to the top order to lay the foundations

Ian Bell made his third century of the series

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New conditions don't worry us

It was good to get away from cricket after a hectic summer, but you soon started itching to start again. Now we are in Australia the excitement is growing ahead of a fantastic challenge

Ian Bell celebrates his magnificent hundred

The Investec Ashes 2013

The fulfilment of a boyhood dream

To go unbeaten for the first time in an Ashes series since 1977, alongside players whose records will stand the test of time, is an achievement to cherish

Ian Bell continued his impressive run of form

The Investec Ashes 2013

I'm feeling as good as in 2011

Retaining the Ashes in 14 days was an outstanding effort by us, but we are fully focused on the remaining two Tests