Potential England debutant Paul Nixon has hit back at criticisms of the current England squad, insisting the tourists are enjoying no picnic in preparation for the one-day series.
The England camp has come in for some heavy criticism following the 5-0 Ashes whitewash, with the extent of their preparation called into question.
Nixon strongly rejects claims that the squad are not putting their all in pre-match preparation, after they were even accused of being pampered to the extent of not carrying their own luggage.
"These guys have been working their socks off over the last few weeks," Nixon told Sky Sports News.
"I'm disappointed with what has been said, I can assure you that - as far as carrying bags is concerned - they've got wheels on anyway!
"It's a professional squad, there's a lot more attention to detail, and it's all about the one-per-centers that add up, and we've got to make sure we do our one-per-centers well.
"The preparation and practice has to be as specific as the game - as much as it can be."
Nixon could be in line for his first appearance in an England shirt for Tuesday's Twenty20 match with Australia, following the recent failures of fellow wicket-keepers Geraint Jones and Chris Read.
The Leicestershire man has not been involved in the England setup since 2001 when he played number two to Alec Stewart, but he is adamant he is not a spare part this time around.
"I'm passionate about the game and I'm passionate about winning, and I've been lucky over a 19-year career to have won quite a few Championships and one-day trophies.
"Duncan Fletcher aims high in everything he does and hopefully I can keep learning in my game because I've still got a bit to learn.
"It'll be nice to work with Chris Read over the next few weeks and pick his brains as he will pick mine.
"It's great, healthy competition and that's good for English cricket."
Nixon has plenty of experience in the 20-over game, having helped the Foxes reach all four Twenty20 Cup final days, but he admits the call-up still came as a shock.
"It was one of the best Christmas presents I've ever had.
"I was actually organising my benefit year for next season, and particularly a dinner on February 9 at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester for 400 people.
"We had to call them all up and put it off for a couple of weeks later."
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