England news November 17, 2011

Strauss heads to India training camp

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Andrew Strauss, the England Test captain, will be among seven key players heading overseas in December to step up their preparations for the series against Pakistan in UAE early next year.

Strauss, Matt Prior and Eoin Morgan, who is recovering from the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the end of the English season and one-day tour of India, will travel to Pune and Mumbai. Meanwhile, four fast bowlers - James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Stuart Broad and Graham Onions, will head to Potchefstroom in South Africa for a training camp. Both trips are part of the England Performance Programme for the winter.

Like Morgan, Tremlett and Broad are both aiming to make comebacks after injury. Tremlett hasn't played since the first Test against India, at Lord's, after being ruled out of the remainder of the series with a back injury. Broad, England's Twenty20 captain, suffered a shoulder injury in the home one-day series against India which ruled him out of the return tour in October.

Anderson was rested for the tour of India after a heavy workload during the summer and will be expected to lead the attack on flat pitches in the UAE alongside Broad. On Wednesday, Anderson tweeted: "Had my first bowl for two months yesterday, bleep test and fitness testing today. I can't move and my feet are bleeding."

Tremlett will be aiming to reclaim his Test spot which he had cemented following a successful return to the side during the Ashes series, but in his absence Tim Bresnan has made a convincing case to remain in the team having played a key role against India.

Onions is another option for the selectors and they have been very keen to get him back in the set-up following his lengthy lay-off with a serious back injury that threatened his career a year ago. He was drafted into the squad for the final Test against India, at The Oval, when there was doubt over Anderson and was then called into the one-day squad on the subcontinent after Chris Woakes flew home injury although didn't make an appearance.

Meanwhile, Strauss and Prior are Test specialists following Strauss's retirement from ODIs and Prior's omission from the limited-overs set-up. Both players returned to their counties at the end of the domestic season, but haven't had any action since mid-September. Strauss hasn't hit a Test century since his 110 against Australia, at Brisbane, last November and only has two in his last 26 matches.

"These camps will not only see the players working on their cricketing and physical preparations through training but will also involve matches in highly suitable conditions which will provide an invaluable form of practice prior to commencing a Test series in sub-continental conditions," David Parsons, the England performance director, said.

"The players attending these camps didn't participate in England's recent ODI tour of India or have been sidelined through injury so this is the ideal opportunity to build up their preparations during an important period leading into January and provides the talented young players on both the EPP and EDP programmes a chance to train alongside and learn from some of the very best."

England's tour against Pakistan in UAE during January and February includes three Tests, four one-day internationals and three Twenty20s. Their winter is then concluded with a two-Test series in Sri Lanka at the end of March. Although currently ranked No. 1 in Test cricket they could well have lost that position by the time they resume action if South Africa win all their home Test matches against Australia and Sri Lanka.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • reality_check27 on November 20, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    well i can asure you next year when england tours srilanka,pakistan in uae and india they will lose all three of those series and they will lose one to south africa in england. so the chances of them staying number 1 test team are not looking good they should target atleast try and stay on number 4 by the time they finish these tours

  • reality_check27 on November 20, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    no matter what they have to say england cant play spin well at all and that is why they have not beaten india in india in so many years every english fan still remembers the 1992 brown wash where we bet england ain all three test matches. if we will prepare turning track u would see all english fans and the english complaining about the pitch and so i think all subcontinent team captains should complain as well when we are given a lot of green tracks when we play away

  • RandyOZ on November 20, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Nice work Stauss. Maybe you should come train in Melbourne where you actually learnt your trade!

  • hhillbumper on November 18, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    we could get the best indian bowlers to bowl at us but thats not much practice against Pakistan as they have a decent attack.Maybe Zaheer could do with the match practice?

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 18, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    The best side in the world flexes their muscles. The likes of Morgan, Tremlett and Onions can't even get a regular game for England's Test side! Amazing depth!

  • Bigwonder on November 18, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    What caught my eye from the article "Anderson was rested for the tour of India after a heavy workload during the summer and will be expected to lead the attack on flat pitches in the UAE alongside Broad". So essentially, UAE pitches are flat but they are sending these bowlers to SA where the pitches are flat????

  • jmcilhinney on November 18, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    This is only a theory but I would imagine that the issue with Panesar bowling to Tendulkar would be that England don't bowlers who have a high likelihood of being in the England team giving the opposition a good look at them ahead of the tour. While Panesar didn't play, he likely would have if Swann had been injured. Imagine if Bresnan had bowled in the nets to Indian batsmen before the tests. When he came into the team for Tremlet, the Indians would have been better prepared for him thanks to his freebies. Is anyone expecting any players likely to play for India bowling to Strauss, Prior and Morgan during this camp? I didn't think so.

  • bumsonseats on November 18, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    most of u guys talking on here from overseas, are lucky their countrymen can play outdoors all year round. england can play from april if lucky to sept if . how else are we to get preperation for any country .dpk

  • dummy4fb on November 18, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    As of now, I, despite my support for the Indian team, wouldn't deny that England are the deserving number one Test team. That said, they still need to prove their worth in the subcontinent. Purely taking Test matches into account, England are better than others. Period. But again, apart from the Ashes, all their victories have come at home. In that sense, not much separated India and England. However, the manner in which England have decimated their opponents in the recent days, they stand above India. In agreement with landl47, they are undoubtedly the most athletic and professional unit out there. All that was for Tests, and a very little--or none, at times--applies for ODIs.

  • iftikhar93 on November 18, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    This is a good move by English board by sending players to the international training camps. Other boards should also take such moves.. Well Good luck to english side because they r going to face one of the best Asian side..

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