Strauss and Anderson step up winter prep

TEST skipper Andrew Strauss will step up his preparations for January’s tour of Abu Dhabi where he will lead his side against Pakistan by joining up with the England Performance Programme in India next month.

Strauss, no longer involved in England’s one-day set-up, has enjoyed a three-month rest since guiding his team to a 4-0 whitewash against India in the summer.

The Middlesex left-hander will be joined by quick bowlers Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Graeme Onions as well as fit-again batsman Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Matt Prior.