Quartet head to Brisbane
James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Graeme Swann will miss England's final warm-up game against Australia A.
Last Updated: 15/11/10 3:34pm
England have confirmed James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Graeme Swann will miss the final warm-up game against Australia A in Hobart.
The quartet, along with bowling coach David Saker, will fly straight to Brisbane in a bid to acclimatise to the conditions ahead of the opening Test at the Gabba.
That means Chris Tremlett, Monty Panesar, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad will make their first appearances on the tour against Australia's second string line-up.
And Broad believes the decision will pay dividends when it comes to the first Test, which gets underway on November 25.
"A few of us are heading up to Brisbane later this week to get some preparation time," said Broad.
"Obviously, conditions can be quite different up in Brisbane - so we're getting a bit of a head start and three or four days extra up there.
"We've had two fantastic games as a bowling group together. Now it's all about preparation for that first Test match - and I see going up to Brisbane early as a great opportunity to get used to conditions.
"We're going to have times where we're going to be spending a lot of time out in the sun - and we need to make sure our bodies are 100 per cent ready for that.
"We'll see the start of the Hobart game and then go up and get the preparations right, with the Performance Squad who are already in Brisbane."
Head coach Andy Flower confirmed the decision and is happy with what he has seen so far from his frontline bowlers.
"It was great that they performed well in those first two games," he said. "They've had a lot of bowling into them so far; they've bowled very well.
"They started off a little bit rusty in Perth but have improved all the time. They're quite comfortable where they are individually, so they'll be across there early and ready for that first session of the first Test."
Flower has no qualms either about a temporary parting of the ways for the tourists. "That's no concern to us at all," he said. "The team spirit is very strong, and the fact that they're going there three days early is not that important."
He was keen to stress the challenge being set to England's back-up bowlers, and the likelihood that each of them could easily end up taking part in this winter's Ashes at some point.
"Bresnan, Shahzad, Tremlett and Panesar will get a go in this four-day game here," he continued. "They haven't had a chance in the middle yet, so they should be desperate to get out there and prove themselves.
"Without a doubt, I would say, one or two of those guys are going to be playing Test cricket in the next couple of months - you don't have situations where the same bowling attack, or certainly not very often, play five Tests in a row.
"So it's a very real situation, an opportunity for them to put their names forward and also an opportunity for them to get bowling into them in preparation for just maybe playing in the first Test."