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Strauss heads to India training camp

Andrew McGlashan

November 17, 2011

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Andrew Strauss presents the full face of the bat, England v India, 4th Test, The Oval, 2nd day, August 19, 2011
Andrew Strauss will aim to get back in the groove before leading England in UAE © Associated Press

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.

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Posted by 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

Posted by 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

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 20, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

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

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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????

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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..

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

@jmcilhinney: good point. Let's hope it'll ensure that all four are match-fit & ready to rumble by the time we jet off to the UAE. @Joshima: thank you for a brilliant piece of satire. We all saw, during the summer, how all those "outdoor games and activities that help them develop balance and coordination" helped the 11 Indian players who were forced to return home due to injury. You're right: every single one of them looked fantastically balanced & co-ordinated as they hobbled onto their flights back to Delhi, Bombay & Calcutta.

Posted by AlanHarrison on (November 18, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

Interesting that the likes of Swann and Geoff Miller blamed England's problems in the world cup last year on being asked to play too much cricket. Now after England lost 5-0 in India, we firstly have Swann blaming that on too little cricket (i.e., being asked to go on a tour which featured too small a number of matches), and then this camp arranged including additional matches for England players. It seems to me that Swann and Miller should go into politics: whatever happens, this always an excuse, it's always someone else's fault, usually the previous government's, etc ...

Posted by shery2floyd on (November 18, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

@JosRoberts i presume you didnt keep track of politics played by Andy Flower , ECB and Strauss when BCCI asked for tour matches to be played somewhere near London and when Duncan asked for two day stupid tour match to played with no limit in players in team. And when Monty was fired by Andy for bowling to Sachin and so on. ECB shows professionalism and aggresiveness which BCCI doesnt show. BCCI tries to be good host.

Posted by Haleos on (November 18, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

@shery2floyd - BCCI arranged the players to play the IPL. WI tour should have been a preparation for Eng tour. Players decided to skip it.

Posted by Haleos on (November 18, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

@ultimatewarrior - Can not agree more. ECB atleast has shown some intent. Hope BCCI learns. It makes players play IPL as practise.

Posted by brittop on (November 18, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

Whilst it was the BCCI's fault that India did not have enough preparation for the series in England, I have to agree with Krishnak007 about the strange reaction to Monty bowling to Sachin in the nets. I can see absolutely nothing wrong with it and can't imagine what the objection was.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (November 18, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

I'd have prefered to see the bowlers in somewhere like Bangladesh or SL as that would give them a closer match to the conditions likley in the UAE. Although SA does have the benefit of Altitude (4337 Ft) which may actually be of more benefit in terms of conditioning. @Joshima, England didnt struggle against India in the recent test series, a team that arguably contained 2 modern batting great's (SRT and Dravid) and a player who I consider exceptional (Laxman). As others have said Englands away record hasnt been too bad, since 2009/10, Drew 1-1 against SA in SA, Beat BD 2-0 (effectively an A-Team), and Beat Aus 3-1, the first team to hand Australia an innings defeat in 3 wins. Pakistan does have some exceptional bowlers and they will give the england batsmen a Challenge, add on that the Pakistan batting is looking at its most settled for 4 years and it will be a good challenge for England.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 18, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

@Si Baker, I think you'll find that these camps are not about acclimatising to conditions for upcoming tours. As the story says, they are part of the England Performance Program, which is about players on the fringes of selection or with potential for future selection. The players mentioned would probably not normally be involved in these camps but they are basically just taking an opportunity to get back into the swing of things after a lay-off. The fact that some are going to India before a tour to UAE is purely coincidence. If I remember correctly, the last EPP bowlers camp was in India, so maybe they rotate the two.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

While it's great to see that Strauss, Prior & Morgan will acclimatise to conditions in the UAE with a stint against the friendly & undemanding Indian bowling that we all know & love, why on earth are the four pacers going to South Africa, where conditions are as different to those they'll encounter in the UAE as Earth is to Mars? Ridiculous.

Posted by landl47 on (November 18, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

@Joshima: then how do you account for the fact that in their last 4 test series England have beaten Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka and India and none of the series have even been close? Of the 16 games England have won 11, drawn 3 and lost only 2, and in 2 of the 3 draws Sri Lanka were only saved by the weather. By your logic that couldn't possibly have happened. England have been noticeably fitter, faster and more durable in the field than any of the teams you mention, so your implication that other teams have better athletes than England is wrong, too. England is full of young, talented players, whereas Australia and Sri Lanka are struggling for talent and India has only 1 player in its top 7 batsmen under age 30 (Yuvraj) and he'll be 30 in 25 days! We'll see how Pakistan gets on against England in the New Year. If they beat England you can talk; until then, England is the #1 test team.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (November 18, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

@Joshima, you're right, the English players are all just tripping over their own feet because they never got outdoors as kids so they shouldn't even bother trying. They shouldn't bother practising at all. They should just turn up on the day and lose, like they did against Australia, Sri Lanka and India. They don;t have a hope of ever being #1. Hang on, someone just told me that they actually beat Australia, Sri Lanka and India and they already are #1. How did that happen?! I do agree that the English climate is less conducive to playing cricket than those of most other cricket-playing nations, which makes their ascension to #1 that much more impressive. I also don't think that England are dominant right now but then neither is anyone else. Overall, England are performing as well or better than every other nation right now, hence their #1 ranking. A big part of that is their preparation (e.g. the last Ashes), so to say that these camps are a waste of time is just plain stupid.

Posted by xylo on (November 18, 2011, 3:14 GMT)

wow... some dedication this!

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (November 18, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

Maybe Surrrey should no longer hire Ohja and other counties should stop hiring Indian players like Somerset has with Karthik. The nerve some fans have to even suggest BCCI should not allow the Lions to tour India

Posted by Joshima on (November 18, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

A complete waste of time. English players lack the skill and adaptation need to dominant in all conditions. If u look at how n WI, Pakistan, Australian, Indian, Sri Lankan kid grow up, its more outdoor games and activity that helps them develop balance and coordination need in any sport. That's why these countries are loaded with talented and skilled players. Pakistan will beat England in the Test series.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (November 18, 2011, 0:15 GMT)

I suspect England spend more on their Test team than all other countries combined. As I recall they had the reserve team of Lions in Australia throughout much of the Ashes. Effectively a squad of 30 odd on tour.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 17, 2011, 22:41 GMT)

This is good news. It is very important Englqand win their series this winter and by large margins. Getting a good grounding in playing on the subcontinent is really essential given what lies ahead. As for ECB not providing proper practice for India in the summer, I think the problem was more the case of India being blase about the whole thing. They turned up looking like the fat important men of cricket and left with their tails between their legs. Talking a good game impresses few. It strikes me that Dravid and Kumar alone ever had the stomach for reality in England.

Posted by CricketisKing on (November 17, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

To all those complaining about ECB not providing training for "foreigners", many "foreigners" play in English County matches. Players from all over the world play in England representing various counties.

Posted by JosRoberts on (November 17, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

@shery2floyd - It's not up to the ECB to arrange tour matches for India, it's up to the BCCI to arrange tour matches for India. As was said at the time, the BCCI didn't seem to think proper preparation wasn't necessary for the successful prosecution of a test match tour, whereas the ECB do (see also the lead up to the last Ashes tour).

Posted by shery2floyd on (November 17, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

hmmm, i dont think Indian board should show this courtesy as english board didnt show any in arranging tour match for india tour to england. shows lack of professionalism in indian board

Posted by bumsonseats on (November 17, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

thats what make you the best test team in the world. preperation, preperation, preperation. this could have been a great rest period for you since the ashes started in 2010. nice to see them going to their respective training countries. with finn in NZ all the pace bowlers getting much needed winter training. dpk

Posted by krishnak007 on (November 17, 2011, 16:04 GMT)

I hope the BCCI is taking notice of this. If they were, the state associations should be told not to provide Staruss and co the practice they are seeking out for. Don't forget, Flower and Strauss led the chorus on stopping Monty bowling to Sachin in the nets. The ECB and the English media gave India and the BCCI stick over a number of issues not least a half baked DRS. It is only fairthat the BCCI did their bit to feel the English just as (un) welcome.

Posted by liaqathussain on (November 17, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

great thinking from ecb, its forward thinking like this that will keep england at number 1 spot,

Posted by Homer2007 on (November 17, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

Why are India hosting the English? And what is the quid pro quo for this?

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

Good move by english team. this will definetlly help them to adjust in the sub-continet...but to attend a training camp is completly different as far as facing quality spiners cencern.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (November 17, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

They (batters/bowlers) should do actually opposite to practice hard as India is easy for batsman and Africa is good for bowlers....

Posted by InnocentGuy on (November 17, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

Impressive, the importance ECB is giving to Test cricket preparations. Make the players train as hard as possible. This is how it needs to be done!

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