The wait is almost over

Graham Onions & Andrew Flintoff

Graham Onions & Andrew Flintoff - Onions and Flintoff take a breather during nets at Cardiff  

Alastair Cook & Andrew Strauss

Alastair Cook & Andrew Strauss - The England openers bat in tandem  

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen - The smell of success?  

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff - Flintoff goes through his fielding drills  

Cardiff

Cardiff - Cardiff will become the 100th Test venue tomorrow  

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen - Pietersen adopts an unusual approach to chair-carrying duties  

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff - Flintoff prepares for his first Test since February  

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss - Strauss inspects the wicket  

England

England - The England players listen to Andy Flower's words of wisdom  

Ricky Ponting & Andrew Strauss

Ricky Ponting & Andrew Strauss - The captains show off the prizes on offer this summer  

Ashes

Ashes - The ultimate prize  

Ben Hilfenhaus

Ben Hilfenhaus - The seam bowler is vying with off-spinner Nathan Haurtritz for a place in the Australia side  

Peter Siddle

Peter Siddle - Siddle charges in with his usual enthusiasm  

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