England players to face another pre-Ashes 'boot camp' sans boxing

London, Sept 17 (ANI): English cricketers will reportedly face another boot camp before the return Ashes in Australia, although boxing has been struck off the list this time following James Anderson's injury before the first Test at the Gabba in the 2010 series.

England coach Andy Flower has reportedly ordered contracted players and England's backroom staff to keep their schedule clear for ten days before the squad flies out to Australia on October 23.

According to the Mirror, Flower shocked his players four years ago by organising a five-day camp near Stuttgart, which became known as the Black Forest Ghetto, to prepare them for an Ashes battle in Australia.

However, the report mentioned that Flower will not put any back-breaking physical tasks this year at the camp, which is speculated to inspire England rather than have them undergo a tough physical regime.

The report mentioned that in the 2010 boot camp, Anderson suffered a cracked rib in a sparring accident with Chris Tremlett, although it did prevent him from being the leading wicket-taker in the series with 24 scalps.

According to the report, Flower has closely guarded his plans for the boot camp this year, and has only revealed that the trip will be a short one and not a stopover en route to Australia.

The report mentioned that the 2010 boot camp was a controversial trip, just 36 hours after the final international fixture of the summer, although former captain Andrew Strauss had admitted that the camp, run by military trainers from the Australian special forces, helped to forge team spirit with England winning the Ashes. (ANI)


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