As the cricket loving public gear up for the mother of all battles in Test cricket, the Ashes series between England and Australia, a look at how England are preparing themselves with some workout and a bit of frolic. (All AFP Photos)
Kevin Pietersen practices his lofted shots which will be extremely effective to take on the Aussie bowling when the situation demands.
Matt Prior and Joe Root take a short break from the hard training as they watch their mates slog it out on the field.
Alastair Cook gestures with the rugby ball in his hand as England keep fit with a bit of rugby to keep them in the zone.
Kevin Pietersen keeps the rugby ball as England bring in a bit of fun as they train ahead of the first Test.
Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson share a light moment in the midst of all the training, a clear indication that neither of them are overawed by the upcoming Test series.
Graeme Swann has a laugh with his mates as he does some stretching on the field. The team keeps an informal calm among themselves as they get set to take on their arch-rivals.
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