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David Parsons spoke to ecb.co.uk ahead of flying to Australia with the EPP squad

David Parsons will ensure the England Performance Programme squad are ready for Ashes duty in case injuries strike any of the Test squad.

The ECB performance director flew out to Brisbane yesterday to begin an intense five-week training camp designed to develop the next-best batch of England players.

However, while the schooling of young stars like Adam Lyth, Chris Woakes and Craig Kieswetter is the main focus of the trip, Parsons confirmed the group will act as ready-made replacements should injury or illness hamper the Ashes party.

"We are out in Australia primarily to develop these players as future world class players for England," Parsons told ecb.co.uk/video.

"There is a secondary objective. If England need any cover - let's hope there aren't any injuries in the main England squad - then we have some players who might be able to make that step up.

"We need to keep a few players ready, match-prepared in case that call comes."

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David Parsons says the EPP squad must be prepared to step up to the England senior Ashes party should any injuries hit

The EPP squad, who are joined in Australia by new lead batting coach Graham Thorpe, will spend just over two weeks in Brisbane where they will play a four-day match against Queensland.

On November 29 they will fly to Perth, where they will remain until December 16, which is the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA.

In Perth the EPP will play their second four-day game - against Western Australia - and a one-day game versus Retravision Warriors.

Parsons added: "We have got a very busy programme out there: a mixture of training and performance - hopefully, lots of good opportunities to develop and learn.

"We took a group out there during the last Ashes series. The connection that we make with the England squad is important.

"We know what a great team Australia have had for several years. [It's a great opportunity] for us to take a group of players out there to that culture where those players have been developed.

"We are hoping to introduce our group of players to some ex-Australian greats that are going to come and talk about what it was that made the teams they played for great. Hopefully it will be a fantastic experience."