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Strauss hails England bonding trip

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Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann abseils headfirst during England's five-day trip to Germany, which ended with a visit to Dachau concentration camp

The England players and management today returned from a five-day development camp in southern Germany.

The camp, which was held in Bavaria close to Nuremburg, involved players undertaking mental and physical challenges designed to better prepare them for the challenges of playing international cricket.

As well as overcoming a series of physical challenges, the team also learned more about leadership, how to make difficult decisions under pressure and the factors that make teams successful.

England development camp, Germany

Strauss hails bonding trip

Their visit concluded earlier today with a trip to the memorial site at Dachau, the first of Hitler’s concentration camps where more than 40,000 people died during the 12 years of its existence from 1933-1945.

England captain Andrew Strauss said: “Following our trip to Flanders last year, this was an opportunity for the players to spend time away from the cricketing environment, learn more about the wider world and develop ourselves both individually and collectively.

“It was a tough but rewarding five days and I know every player has gained greater insight into themselves, their own team environment and environments outside cricket.”

Monty Panesar & Paul Collingwood

Walking the walk: Monty Panesar and Paul Collingwood stride out in the Bavarian countryside