The England squad were given a frightening send-off from Australia after masked men broke into their team hotel and robbed Dean Conway, the physio, at knife-point in Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the four balaclava-clad men entered the hotel at 4.15am on Monday morning, forced staff to the ground and demanded to know where the safes were. They then robbed Conway, who was taking a phonecall at the time, and took his mobile and money.

"It was a pretty scary affair," said an England team spokesman. "Knives were produced and threats were made, but fortunately no one was badly hurt. It all happened quite quickly, from all accounts, and it took everyone by surprise. It's probably a good thing that most of them are heading home today."

The five others who witnessed the attack were Andrew Strauss, analyst Mike Garaway, coaches Matthew Maynard and Kevin Shine plus security officer Reg Dickason. They escaped to another room.