Australia captain Michael Clarke talks with the Prime Minister Tony Abbott.


Meanwhile, a battered England side is desperate to avoid the ignominy of a 5-0 series whitewash against Australia as they scramble to salvage some pride in the final Ashes Test in Sydney starting on Friday.


Alastair Cook’s team — coming off a dispiriting eight-wicket loss in the fourth Test in Melbourne — face becoming only the third English side to lose an Ashes series 5-0 to their oldest rivals.


It has been a tour from hell for England with the loss of senior players Jonathan Trott (stress) and Graeme Swann (retirement), star players out of form and Kevin Pietersen admitting his team-mates are “mentally fragile” from playing in back-to-back Ashes series.