Tourists opt out of batting and bowling practice ahead of Test
England has decided a net session was unnecessary two days out from the fifth and final Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test in Sydney.
Following their loss in Melbourne, the tourists' decision on Wednesday means they'll have just one session on game eve to prepare ahead of the Test.
For half their innings this summer, England have failed to post a total greater than 200, and did not pass 400 in any of last year's nine Ashes Tests.
Rookie allrounder Ben Stokes is the only batsman to have scored a century all series and their bowling arsenal has been below its best.
England were originally scheduled to begin training at the SCG at 8.30am on Wednesday, but changed their plans.
Both teams trained early due to a joint function at Kirribilli House, but unlike Australia, England only took part in a fielding session.
England leg-spinner Scott Borthwick said the visitors were comfortable with their preparation.
"No reason whatsoever (for not having a net)," said Borthwick. "We just had a nice run around, a bit of catching ... we'll do our skills tomorrow."
England are expected to make further changes to their side for Sydney.
Borthwick is tipped to replace Monty Panesar in the attack, while Zimbabwean-born left-hander Gary Ballance appears set to make his Test debut somewhere in the top order - in all likelihood at the expense of opener Michael Carberry.
Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin said from his point of view, England were in disarray.
"I don't think they're in a great place to be perfectly honest," said Haddin. "I think you could probably tell a bit of that in their fielding the other day. I think that's the first thing to go when you're struggling a bit.
"The batting and bowling, it's an individual thing, but I think the team stuff looked like it was breaking a bit the other day."
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First Posted 01 January, 2014 5:38PM AEST