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Australia bound Tim Bresnan and James Anderson eyed up the prize they will be playing for Down Under - just hours after being named in the England Ashes squad.
See the Ashes Urn on an official Lord’s tour. (opens in a new window)
Both were at Lord's giving a special training session to pop-band Scouting for Girls and stopped by to take a look at the Urn.
The pair were included in the 16-man touring squad announced by National Selector Geoff Miller this afternoon.
Boyhood dream come true
Anderson is a regular in the England Test side and will lead the attack as they search for a first series win in Australia since 1986/87.
Yorkshire all-rounder Bresnan, who has played five Test’s and 33 One Day internationals, was less assured of his place however, and squeezed in ahead of teammate Ajmal Shahzad.
His all-round talents may just have given him the edge and he would be favourite to step into the side should England elect to switch to a five-man bowling attack.
Speaking in the Lord’s museum, Bresnan told of his delight at fulfilling a boyhood dream and being part of an Ashes tour Down Under.
He said: "I was a bit blurry eyed when I picked the phone up to Geoff Miller but he just said "It’s good news Bres, you’re in the squad," so it felt fantastic.
"It’s a dream come true really. You watch it on TV as a kid - the Ashes series in Australia - and just to be in the squad is incredible.
"It’s the stuff of boyhood dreams getting on an Ashes tour and I can’t wait to get out there and hopefully get a chance to perform."
England’s first tour fixture is on 5 November against Western Australia in Perth and as part of their preparation they are taking part in a mystery team building ‘boot camp,’ this weekend.
Bresnan admitted the clandestine nature of the trip had left the players a tad bemused, but said the squad were looking forward to it.
"We don’t really know where were going so it should be interesting." added Bresnan
"We were just told to buy some walking boots and some bush shirts so we’ll see what happens.
"Whatever we end up doing it should be a good laugh."