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Flower set to wield the axe

Adelaide: Andy Flower on Tuesday promised changes to the England team for the third Test, but denied his players are living on past glories as Australia plan to move in for the Ashes kill later this week on the fast Waca pitch.

“Of course none of us wanted to be two down after two Tests and the scale of the defeats has been tough,” said Flower, England’s team director. “The point for us now is to look forward to Perth. When we get to Perth both sides will be starting afresh and it’s a chance for us to get back into the series.

“I think past glories mean nothing in this context. We’ve got a big challenge to stop the momentum of the opposition and to get ahead in the game.

“One of those biggest challenges is getting a first innings score on the board. Without that you can’t put pressure on the opposition. We had Australia 130 for six in Brisbane but since then they’ve been ahead in both games.”

Flower said the tactic of two spinners used in Adelaide will be abandoned at the Waca and it could be that England will drop both Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar in favour Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett to form a five-man seam attack with Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes.