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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!
Jayaditya Gupta is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo in IndiaFeeds: Jayaditya Gupta
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