England touches down in Perth for Ashes without Pietersen

ENGLAND'S cricketers touched down in Perth this morning, confident of winning a fourth-straight Ashes series.

The players looked relaxed as they walked to their team bus following their 12:26am (AWST arrival) at Perth airport.

Star batsman Kevin Pietersen was a notable absentee, granted compassionate leave following the death of a friend.

The 33-year-old is expected to link up with the rest of England's 17-man squad on Sunday.

The England squad will have Friday and Saturday off before holding their first training session on Sunday morning at the WACA ground.

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