England squad all praise for Desert Springs Resort after successful Ashes camp
The England players, who have completed a successful training Ashes camp in Almeria in Spain, were full of praise for their experience at the Desert Springs Resort, as they geared up for the much anticipated Ashes series.
14 players of the squad along with 15 team management staff, including the head coach Trevor Bayliss, who arrived from Australia last Thursday, participated in the camp scheduled between 27th and 30th June.
England squad members with Management and Officials at Desert Springs Resort in Spain.
One of the main goals behind organising this camp was for the England players to get acquainted with the newly appointed head coach, Bayliss, as he begins to prepare the side for reclaiming the famed Urn.
With the extensive facilities on offer at the resort, the England players were able to work on their fitness, while they engaged in some planned bonding activities, helping them relax and get fit for the challenge ahead of them.
Phill Scott, the strength and conditioning coach of the England team, was very impressed with the facilities at the resort, which enabled the team to train comprehensively.
“An outstanding camp made possible by the highest quality of staff," he said.
“They catered brilliantly for our specific needs that covered nutrition, on field and gym based training.
“A great environment to train hard and relax!”
Strength & Conditioning sessions held at the Gym at the Sierras Sports Club at Desert Springs in Spain.
The team also participated in a few rounds of golf at the famed Indiana course while they enjoyed some time at the local beach to unwind and relax.
The team meetings were held at the Resort’s Private Reserve, while the squad members and the coaching staff enjoyed their evenings at the Crocodile Club restaurant.
England and Wales Cricket Board’s Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss had nothing but words of praise for the immaculate services offered to the team at the resort.
“To all at Desert Springs, thank you very much for an outstanding camp.
"The organisation, the attention to detail, and the friendly service were all of the highest order. We hope to see you again soon.”
England Vice-Captain Joe Root on the 1st Tee of The Indiana Course at Desert Springs in Spain.
Cook’s deputy, Joe Root also lavished praise for the staff at the Desert Springs Resort.
“I had a fantastic stay here at Desert Springs! The standards of the food, service, facilities and of the golf course were of the highest quality.
“Couldn’t be more grateful and truly impressed by the all-round resort. Thanks to all of the staff and management for their hospitality.”
Along with playing golf and undergoing fitness drills, the England team also undertook extensive fielding drills alongside assistant coach, Paul Farbrace and bowling coach, Ottis Gibson.
‘Close Fielding Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
The players also went on their mountain bikes for a 14-kilometer round trip to a local beach along the private track from the resort.
Simon Coaker, Sales and Marketing Manager for The Almanzora Group thanked the England team for selecting the Desert Springs Resort for holding their pre-Ashes training camp.
“At Desert Springs Resort we have been supporters of English cricket for a long time. Since the addition to the existing cricket facilities in 2013 of six top quality grass wickets at the Cricket Academy we have hosted numerous cricket teams, both professional and amateur, as well as university and school groups.
“Desert Springs is delighted to have been selected to host the England Pre-Ashes Camp, an event that will allow the Resort to continue to grow in terms of its reputation for quality, a factor of benefit and prestige to the Resort, its members, property owners and the local area.”
The first Ashes test starts on 8th July when England and Australia begin the quest for the Ashes urn at the SSE SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff.
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