The Ashes 2010-11 November 4, 2010

Anderson, Swann included in squad for first warm-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

England have named a full-strength squad for the first warm-up match of their Ashes tour, a three-day game against Western Australia in Perth, with Graeme Swann and James Anderson included after recovering from injury.

Anderson suffered a cracked rib during the team's pre-tour preparation camp in Germany, while Swann bruised a thumb earlier this week after being struck by a rising delivery from Tim Bresnan while batting in the nets.

"We are obviously going to try to give the guys who are going to be in the Test XI as much cricket as possible," said captain Andrew Strauss. "But there are still one or two places up for grabs in that team."

England's second warm-up game is against South Australia in Adelaide, and their preparations ahead of the first Test in Brisbane on November 25 may also include resting their first-choice bowling attack for the third warm-up, against Australia A in Hobart. It emerged last week that England are intending to send their likely Test attack straight from Adelaide to Brisbane in order to allow them to acclimatise to the sub-tropical conditions of Queensland.

"That was one of the options we are looking at," said Strauss. "But nothing is clear enough for us to be able to say that categorically at this stage. I'm not 100% sure what the Test attack is going to be. Also, you may have guys who need another bowl or might be struggling with injuries. So for that to be said at this stage is jumping the gun.

"We definitely want our bowling attack to be as acclimatised as possible to Brisbane. If we have an opportunity to do that, we'll do it; if we don't, then we won't. I'm looking at giving our best XI as good a preparation as possible. Maybe one or two that don't get as much cricket as they would like, I am sure they'll understand the reasons for it."

England's preparations in Perth stepped up in intensity with a four-hour inter-squad practice match in 36-degree heat on Wednesday, and Ian Bell welcomed the increased workload. ''It's completely different practise really," he said. "It's more about getting out there in the game situation, not about how many balls we're hitting.

"It's just about getting back into game-mode. I think we got about 50 overs in the field between us and that's nice coming into Friday. All the talk that the WACA's wicket is getting quicker and quicker again is obviously good [ahead] of going to Brisbane with a bit more pace and bounce. For us, it's a great place to prepare.''

England will be familiar with certain members of the Western Australia team they will face from November 5, although Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Johnson are away on national one-day duty with Australia, but one player they won't have seen before is Michael Hogan, the 29-year old right-arm seamer. Mickey Arthur, Hogan's coach at the Warriors, believes Hogan "will trouble any batsman when he gets it right"

"He's a quality performer and he's bowled superbly well all year," Arthur said of the 195cm fast bowler. "I expect him to trouble any batter. He's the type of bowler - and I said this to him the other day - that wouldn't be out of sorts at international level.''

England squad Andrew Strauss (capt), Alistair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Eoin Morgan, Chris Tremlett

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  • Martin on November 5, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    I am a Saffer, so officially neutral, however, I support anyone playing against Oz, so go England (SA interest notwithstanding) and to our dear friend Wexfordwonder- the whole world watches the Ashes mate- it is the greatest of the traditional rivalries in the greatest game in the world- so please, get what if India and SA are above them in the rankings? It does not detract from the spectacle or the rivalry- or my 2nd fondest wish, which is to always see the Aussies lose (My #1 wish is to always see SA win, natch!)

  • David on November 5, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I agree with the selection of Bell over Morgan, Ive got a feeling Bell will have a great series and would not be surprised if he's England's top batsmen, if Morgan should play it should be for Collingwood, although i would keep Colly in as he can bowl a few overs and is one of the best fielders in the world

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Wexford, u knob. I've paid £5,000 to be out there in Adelaide and Perth. Tells you everything you need to know....

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    Well Wexfordwonder, the easiest thing is not to bother reading any articles on it and stop commenting. The reason it's hyped because it is one of the last test match series to be a series rather than 2 or 3 games. I imagine SA v India will be a 3 match series, which doesn't tell us anything, India v Aus should have been more than 2 matches. Test cricket should always be at least 4 matches, preferably 5 else you can't tell enough about the merits of the teams competing. That's why the Ashes is important and generates interest as over the 5 matches a genuine winner will emerge.

  • Brian on November 5, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    'Wexfordwonder' obviously doesn't understand about the Ashes. Everybody knows the two teams are only mid-table at the moment, but it doesn't matter if they're rank bottom - it's Australia v England - and that's what it's all about

  • Rakesh on November 5, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @Wexfordwonder. It is difficult for you to understand. For any real follower of the game, not for those who just follow just because their country cannot compete in any other sport, tradition of the game is centered around Ashes. By the way , in South Africa if the wickets are really fast, Indian team will be crushed. Hope wickets in SA does not favour batsman as full money in Cricket of late is commercially run which works well if India performs.Of late since last 15 to 20 years wickets all over the world has become slower than Indian pitches. .

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    To Wexfordwonder... well bud if you were from these to respected countries, then u would understand the hype...we don t expect people from other countries to understand. your oviously a s.a or indian fans, so go figure

  • Sam on November 5, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    So Ian bell is in the XI instead of Morgan? It looks like they picked their full strength team apart from that selection. Morgan should continue at 6 in the first test with Bell as 12th man.

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    Wexfordwonder - The media hype it up because its the biggest test series no matter where the teams are placed. Most days of every test are already sold out. This tour match against WA will probably pull just a big a crowd as SA v India. I know i am heading along to see the last day on Sunday - hoping for a good showing from both sides.

  • Andrew on November 4, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Bloody hell Wexford, who let Dr Doom in here? This series pretty much is everything to my cricketing world (for the next few months anyway), but it's great that you are excited about the SA-India series too. May I suggest if you're sick of "hype" around this series - or even just info for people who are looking forward to it - you stop reading the news about it? Cricinfo (and other sites) cover other series too... Or are you just trolling?

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