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ANDY Flower has called England's senior batsmen to account for his team's false start to the Ashes and has promised changes for the third Test in Perth.

The tourists find themselves 2-0 down with three to play, and needing to overturn almost 80 years of Ashes history if they are to win the urn outright - for the fourth time in succession - from such an unpromising position.

Three times, in both innings of the series opener in Brisbane and then again at the first attempt in Adelaide, England failed to even approach a total of 200.

The upshot was two landslide defeats as Mitchell Johnson's pace flummoxed most of England's specialist batsmen.

A change is definitely expected in the attack, with at least one of Monty Panesar or Graeme Swann set to be dropped with conditions in Perth in mind, but Flower is not afraid to consider further alterations if he feels they will improve the team.

"We have taken some serious hits but we do have a squad full of people who are determined to turn the ship around, and that's what we must do," he said.

"I'm absolutely ready to make tough decisions. There will be changes in Perth.

"Our fans watching back home, I can understand that frustration, absolutely. We were not good enough."

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen is one of three senior players set to miss the limited-overs leg of the Ashes tour in the new year.

Pietersen, James Anderson and Graeme Swann will take no part in the five one-day internationals, or three Twenty20s, scheduled for January and February.

"Our players who play all three forms of the game cannot play 12 months a year,'' said Flower.

The intention is to preserve and hone their skills for higher-profile assignments ahead. ENGLAND ODI SQUAD: AN Cook (Captain), GS Ballance, IR Bell, RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, DR Briggs, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler (wkt), MA Carberry, ST Finn, CJ Jordan, EJG Morgan, WB Rankin, JE Root, BA Stokes, JC Tredwell.

ENGLAND TWENTY20 SQUAD: SCJ Broad (Captain), RS Bopara, TT Bresnan, DR Briggs, JC Buttler (wkt), JW Dernbach, ST Finn, AD Hales, MJ Lumb, EJG Morgan, WB Rankin, JE Root, BA Stokes, JC Tredwell, LJ Wright.
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Date:Dec 11, 2013
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