England captain Alastair Cook has developed a sore back which means he will miss out on the first warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth, starting on 31st.

Among other team members who have been rested are Pietersen, Broad, Swann and Panesar, who has a stomach bug problem.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio Live 5, Prior told that it is just a precautionary step and there’s nothing serious about the problem.

“Will be back for the next game," the Sussex player added.

"With a nice long build-up phase going into the first Test it was deemed silly to rush him back. He's just having that bit more time to loosen the back off."

Geoff Marsh, the former Australia selector looked a bit flabbergasted and told BBC Radio Live 5 that: “It surprised me a little bit because when England were here on the last Ashes tour, they had three warm-up games and they played their Test side for the first two.

"But I guess there's been a lot of cricket since then and they know what they are doing. That's up to the team management in who they select, but I would have thought it would have been a good opportunity to get stuck in a three-day game and get that form under their belt early in the tour."

Though, when asked about England's resting plan, Prior was convinced that it serves as evidence as to how experience the national side is.

“Broady's not injured as such but he now knows exactly what he wants from preparation leading into that first Test match," he said.

"This team is a very experienced Test squad and these guys like Broady, Jimmy [Anderson] and Graeme Swann, they know what they need from their preparation. We've got three games and, with the management, they'll decide what's best."

England will have to be really careful with what they do as the Brits’ record on the Gabba isn’t good at all. Last time England were poor in the earlier part of the match, which could give the Aussies a further boost to their their side, which is already on a high from doing well against India.

England this time would like to be very careful with their plans as they would to be looking to change history by winning their fourth straight Ashes Series. England side for first game: Root, Carberry, Trott, Bell, Ballance, Stokes, Prior (captain & wk), Rankin, Tremlett, Finn, Anderson.

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