September 16, 2010

England cricket

England's camp secret?

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's preparation for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia is on in full swing. And we're not just talking about John Buchanan switching sides to help England - nor even listening to headbangers AC/DC to focus while batting. It's the (now-traditional) pre-Ashes bonding trip, which will be held at a secret location later this month, according to The Sun. The players have reportedly been told to keep their schedules clear from September 24-28. The English team had gone to Belgium and visited the World War One battlefields at Flanders just before last year's 2-1 Ashes series victory in England. Last year's trip was cloaked in secrecy and this year it seems to be no different, with only captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and a couple of the senior management staff said to be in the know. The focus of the trip is likely to be part-educational, part bonding and will not be cricket-centric. Enough time for that later on!

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