England Cricket’s recent pre-Ashes training camp with Sporta Tours pays off.

England’s pre-Ashes training camp in Spain reaped rich rewards with victory in the Cardiff Test, according to an inspired Stuart Broad.

Broad and the rest of the home XI at the SSE SWALEC spent four days in Spain with Sporta Tours a fortnight ago to get to know new England Head Coach, Trevor Bayliss, plus to work on their fielding and fitness. The trip paid off handsomely in the first Investec Ashes match of five, as Australia were dispatched by 169 runs inside four days.

Broad’s three victims yesterday all came via catches, two by Ian Bell at second slip, something England have improved on since shelling a few in the New Zealand Tests.

“Credit to us about how we took our catches as well,” he added. “We worked hard in Spain on that. Obviously catches really help set games up, don’t they? Certainly Ian Bell took a few beauties.”

Another skill Alastair Cook’s men worked on in Spain was communication.

Broad reflected: “The communication, we talked in Spain that we always wanted to be talking to each other, making sure that we’re adjusting to conditions straight away, and I think we did that really well.”

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