Despite the ‘boot camp' trip to Germany resulting in James Anderson
suffering a broken rib, England’s preparations for the 2010-11 Ashes tour
were regarded as ideal. In the previous 18 months they had beaten Australia and Pakistan,
and held South Africa
to a draw, and the leading players were all coming to the peak of their form.
There were three first-class matches which were treated competitively rather
than as gentle warm-ups, which fine-tuned the batting line-up, while the
bowlers had specialist preparation in Brisbane.
All the same, Australia
were on top in the Brisbane Test before Alastair Cook began his
record-breaking sequence of run-making.
England won, emphatically
achieving three victories by an innings, taking an Ashes series in Australia for
the first time since 1986-87. England
may have flown home battered and bruised from a 6-1 drubbing in the one-day
series but the 3-1 Ashes win had made it a great tour.
Geoff Miller (national
selector),James Whittaker,Ashley Giles,Andy Flower (team director.
Tour Party Announced : 23
Not selected:Ravi Bopara,Adil Rashid,Ajmal Shahzad.
There were seven
‘survivors’ from England’s
last tour down under in 2006-07 when they lost 5-0.
T20 and ODI party announced :10 December 2010.
Withdrawn : Craig Kieswetter Michael Lumb was called in to the
T20 squad because Craig needed a minor operation.
Time between selection and departure from England
(23 September - 29 October)
The team went on a five-day ‘boot camp’ in Bavaria, Germany, before the tour, during
which Jimmy Anderson suffered a broken rib in a boxing match. Kevin Pietersen
played for KwaZulu Natal before the tour, getting coaching from Graham Ford.
The team flew out of Heathrow
Airport on 29 October and arrived in
next day. Wives and partners were excluded until halfway through the Test
series.Ajmal Shahzad flew out with the Test squad as an extra bowler for
the preliminary tour matches, and then joined the England Performance squad.
Time spent in Australia
October -7 February)
played in the first-class matches against Australia A and Victoria but did
not join the tour party officially until the T20 series.
Stuart Broad was ruled out of the tour after the second Test
match with a torn stomach muscle.
came into the squad for the 7th ODI when Chris Tremlett and Ajmal
Shahzad returned home early.
Anderson flew home for a week after the second Test on Tuesday 7 December
to be with his wife at the birth of their daughter and returned to Perth on Monday 13 December.He then went back to England again
on 8 January for a ten-day break before returning on 22 January for the remainder
of the ODI series.
Stuart Broad flew back home with an abdominal muscle tear, not
leaving until after the third Test.
Five players left the limited-overs section of the tour early because
of injury during the protracted Commonwealth Bank series: Eoin Morgan
sustained a break to the middle finger on his left hand; Tim Bresnan strained
a calf muscle; Graeme Swann strained his back and knee, Ajmal Shahzad pulled
his hamstring, and Chris Tremlett had a side strain.
The tour party departed from Perth
on Monday 7 February on a 24-hour flight that landed at Heathrow
Airport, London, on 8 February.Within three days the one-day side needed
to be ready to fly off again for the 2011 World Cup.
Time away from England
(29 October - 8 February)
“Winning The Ashes Down Under”by
Andrew Strauss(Hodder and Stoughton, 2011)
“Australian Autopsy: How England
in the 2010/11 Ashes”by
Jarrod Kimber (Pitch Publishing, 2011)
brought the next Ashes series down under forward to 2013-14.A Cricket Australia spokesman said : “The
Ashes make turnstiles spin and they drive the ratings up. In terms of the
next media contract, it's an ideal starting point because it's a lucrative
blue chip series” . Steve Elworthy, the ECB's marketing director, agreed with
the revised schedule, which helped avoid playing for the Ashes in the same
winter as the World Cup.
What was not foreseen was the
tiredness and lack of drive that playing ten matches in a row between England and Australia would bring about in 2013,
resulting in two lop-sided series, each side playing poorly away from home.
Test tours in 2010-11
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