Jonathan Trott's Ashes tour came to a sad end when the 32-year-old admitted that he had been struggling with stress issues, and needed to return home to his family.
The No. 3, for four years now a dependable fixture of the England team, had been struggling for form and been exposed by Mitchell Johnson as vulnerable to the short ball.
His departure from Australia will allow another player an opportunity, but the selection of another batsman will require some considerable thought from coach Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook.
Here we weigh up the best available options.
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