Fifteen (15) members of the England Cricket Squad, accompanied by twelve (12) Management, staff and coaches are now back in England having completed a successful 4-day pre-series bonding and training camp between Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th May in the build up to the Champions Trophy at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course with its very own dedicated Cricket Academy, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.
Trevor Bayliss, ECB Head Coach remarked of Desert Springs Resort and the training camp;
“An environment full of opportunities to do not much at all or work as hard as we did these 4 days! Thanks for the hospitality.”
The focus of the training camp was to ensure that Eoin Morgan’s side are in the best possible shape – not just for the Champions Trophy, but also for the three-match series against South Africa beginning at Headingley on May 24th.
The camp was designed to be a relaxed affair, to provide an opportunity for the players to both work seriously on their fielding skills and fitness levels, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to benefit from the extensive resort facilities with planned bonding activities.
Players mobilisation around the resort via mountain bikes, a couple of rounds of golf on the highly acclaimed championship Indiana course, team meetings and social evenings at the Crocodile Club restaurant were all par for the course!
England ODI Captain Eoin Morgan remarked of his experience;
“What an amazing time we have had here. Everything from the service to the facilities has been as good as we get anywhere in the world!
I would like to thank everyone who played a part in making our camp the best!”
England Captain Joe Root commented;
“It’s been an outstanding few days. Everything has been run extremely well, great facilities, weather and golf course!
Thanks for a very enjoyable and beneficial trip!”
Jos Buttler remarked of his experience;
“Thanks to everyone at Desert Springs, another fantastic stay with the service to match, everyone has been so accommodating of our every need.
The facilities and villas have been awesome, as is the golf course and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!”
Dr. Mark Wotherspoon, ECB Team Doctor commented:
“Another fantastic few days. Excellent hospitality, facilities & food etc.
People were available, willing and able to help whenever needed, a really great few days!”
Phil Neale, England Team Operations Manager remarked;
“Once again a really enjoyable stay, great hospitality and training facilities and excellent food!”
‘Close Fielding Practice Session’ at the Desert Springs Cricket Academy
England Squad Members; Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Jake Ball, David Willey, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Chris Woakes & Liam Plunkett at Desert Springs Resort