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Peter Moores

Peter Moores at ECB National Cricket Centre in Loughborough

England’s Academy players can expect some hard work when they fly out to Australia next week, according to ECB National Cricket Centre director Peter Moores.

The 14-man party will be based in Perth for five weeks with the dual purpose of covering for any injuries to England’s Ashes squad and working on their game.

But if any players were under the illusion they would be sitting around in the sun waiting for a call for Duncan Fletcher they are sadly mistaken.

“Our main reason for going to Perth is to set up a performance camp which serves two purposes,” said Moores.

"One, it will cover the England squad, although we are hoping no-one gets injured - and two, for the 14 players we take there it is a fantastic learning experience.

“It is not a playing camp. I don’t want people to think we are going there for five weeks sitting on the beach in Perth.

“The lads here (at the National Cricket Centre) have been training hard for three weeks and they are going to Perth for five weeks.

“They will then come back and we will identify our squad to train here again before going on the A tour to Bangladesh.”

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