Strauss heading for India

England skipper to get back in action before Test series

Last Updated: 17/11/11 4:37pm

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Andrew Strauss: England captain will prepare for Pakistan Tests with EPP

Andrew Strauss: England captain will prepare for Pakistan Tests with EPP

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Andrew Strauss will join up with the England Performance Programme in India next month as he looks to step up his preparations for January's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The England captain has enjoyed a three-month spell away from international cricket since guiding his team to a 4-0 series triumph against India in the summer.

Strauss will be joined at camps in Mumbai and Pune by Eoin Morgan, who is returning from a shoulder injury, and Matt Prior.

Quick bowlers Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Graeme Onions will also join the EPP in separate camps to be conducted in Potchefstroom in South Africa.

Anderson was called up after he was rested for last month's limited overs series against India while Broad, Tremlett and Onions are all returning from injury.

Experience

England performance director David Parsons said: "The England Performance Programme camps will offer the England players the perfect chance to step up their training and preparations ahead of the forthcoming Test series against Pakistan in January.

"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 wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who played in India in all five one-day internationals and the solitary Twenty20 clash, will head to Pune as part of the EPP.

He told Sky Sports News HD: "It was a great experience. It was the first time I had ever been to the subcontinent so to go out there and experience the crowd, the culture, the heat was a fantastic thing to do.

"To be thrust in at the deep end and then to go back now with all those experiences behind me is a fantastic thing to have had and I will hopefully take those with me over the next few weeks."

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