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Sky Sports viewers can tune into action from the Second Test of the current Ashes Series from midnight tonight (Wednesday December 4th), as England look to bounce back from their shock mauling in Brisbane.

It has been a torrid couple of weeks for the tourists - who were hot favourites to retain the famous urn Down Under, prior to their double batting collapse at The Gabba.

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Not only did they suffer a heavy 381-run defeat at the hands of their Australian rivals, but found themselves embroiled in a bitter row over on-the-field sledging.

Matters were made worse when top-order mainstay Jonathan Trott announced he was leaving the tour due to a stress-related condition.

Factor in another underwhelming display against the CA Chairman's XI last week and England - for so long the dominant side - look like an increasingly ragged outfit.

No wonder then that Alastair Cook - top scorer in Brisbane with 65 in an otherwise disastrous second innings - has appealed for calm within the ranks.

The England captain has also called on the two sides to improve their conduct, following a bad-tempered series opener which forced match referee Jeff Crowe to intervene.

"It's important we both realise it went a little bit over the top at times in Brisbane," said Cook. "We recognise how big the series is for the game of cricket and have to make sure we conduct ourselves in the right way.

"Of course people want to see competitive cricket, tough cricket and sides not giving an inch and I don't think that will change, but clearly we don't want some incidents that happened last week."

Michael Clarke's Australia are expected to announce an unchanged team for the Second Test, which gets underway at the Adelaide Oval tonight.

Trott's departure means England will be forced to make a change, with Joe Root expected to move up to three in the batting order and Yorkshire teammate Gary Ballance tipped to make his Test debut at six.

Another county colleague - seamer Tim Bresnan - could also return to the side after injury, and this might be a good omen for England.

The Yorkshireman has taken 67 Test wickets in 21 Tests, and - with a batting average of 30 - should help strengthen the mid-to-lower order.

But more so, Bresnan has tasted defeat just once in the five-day game since making his England debut in 2009.

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