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No rest for Ashes winning English heroes
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:PD Collingwood, MJ Prior
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 26th August 2009

 

Six of England's Ashes heroes will undergo a net session in Belfast on Wednesday.

 

England's one-day squad landed at George Best City Airport yesterday afternoon less than 48 hours after completing a 2-1 series win over Australia.

 

They were due to practise this morning at Stormont, where they play Ireland in a one-day international tomorrow.

 

Captain Andrew Strauss has taken a few days off but Paul Collingwood, who is the skipper, Jonathan Trott, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson are all in the party, which will then take on Australia in two Twenty20 internationals and seven 50-over contests.

 

"It's not ideal to be turning around and getting straight on a plane," said wicketkeeper Prior.

 

"I had to make a quick dash home to pick up my coloured pads and one-day kit.

 

"But the boys have got their heads around it and now we're just concentrating on the job."

 

The hectic international calendar would not allow premier English players a window to rest until October 6 - the Champions Trophy follows the NatWest Series against Australia and will only get three weeks off at that.

 

"If you want to perform at a high level throughout, you have to be very fit," said Prior.

 

"Personally I have lost a bit of weight since the West Indies tour. It wasn't that I was carrying fat, but my training programme now is designed to keep me as lean and light as possible rather than building up muscle."


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