England captain Andrew Strauss to link up with performance squad

Andrew Strauss
Strauss has not played for England since their Test series win over India in August

England captain Andrew Strauss will prepare for January's Test series with Pakistan by joining next month's England Performance Programme in India.

The 34-year-old has not played for England since their 4-0 home series success against India in August.

England want to step up his training ahead of next year's three-Test series to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

He will be joined at the camps in Pune and Mumbai by Eoin Morgan and wicket-keepers Matt Prior and Jonny Bairstow.

Middlesex batsman Morgan is returning to the England fold after missing the limited overs tour of India in October because of an operation on his shoulder.

Quick bowlers Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett and Graeme Onions will also join the EPP in separate camps, taking place in Potchefstroom in South Africa.

Anderson was rested for the tour of India, while Broad, Tremlett and Onions are all returning after injury.

"The England Performance Programme camps will offer the England players the perfect chance to step up their training and preparations ahead of the forthcoming Test series against Pakistan in January," said England performance director David Parsons.

"[Most of] the players attending these camps didn't participate in England's recent ODI tour of India or have been sidelined through injury so this is the ideal opportunity to build up their preparations during an important period leading into January and provides the talented young players on both the EPP and EDP programmes a chance to train alongside and learn from some of the very best."

England's series against Pakistan begins on Tuesday, 17 January with the First Test in Dubai.