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Back in the nets

Ian Bell, Tim Ambrose and Andrew Flintoff

Ian Bell, Tim Ambrose and Andrew Flintoff are among those stopping off at Dubai airport on their way to the Abu Dhabi training camp

Ian Bell and Samit Patel tuck into junk food

Bell opts for a diet soda, while Samit Patel takes the regular version, with training set to begin on Friday afternoon

Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood

Graeme Swann and James Anderson make their selections; they are joined by performance squad member Sajid Mahmood

Kevin Pietersen

After a coach transfer to their hotel in Abu Dhabi, Kevin Pietersen is just one of a first-choice squad looking for a comfortable bed

Steve Harmison

His team-mates include Steve Harmison, who had voiced reluctance about returning to India after the Mumbai terror attacks

Hugh Morris

ECB managing director Hugh Morris is heading off to Chennai to check on security arrangements for the first Test; he is due to report back on Sunday night before a final decision in India is made

Ian Bell

Meanwhile, England begin net practice on Friday; Bell tries sweeping using a modified bat with no edges

Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison

Close friends Flintoff and Harmison take time out to chat

A local match

...while nearby local players take part in a more energetic game

Paul Collingwood

Later, Paul Collingwood says: "We have to believe we are playing two Test matches. That's the mind-set. There cannot be any indecision"

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see also
England set to resume India tour
03 Dec 08 |  England
England in India 2008
01 Dec 08 |  Cricket

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