The action heated up as West Ham United continued their Austrian pre-season training camp in temperatures in excess of 90F (34C) on Tuesday.

After breakfast, the Hammers hopped on mountain bikes to cycle to the nearby stadium, where they were put through their paces for more than two hours.

A thorough warm-up that saw the players use medicine balls, the pitch surround and gym mats to loosen up their muscles was followed by a series of drills led by assistant manager Neil McDonald, first-team coach Wally Downes and fitness coach Eamon Swift.


Two small goals were then erected on the edge of each penalty area before the players ended their session with a 30-minute match - broken into ten-minute sections in the intense heat to allow the players to cool down with wet towels and crushed ice and take on essential fluids.

Meanwhile, following the warm-up, goalkeeper coach Martyn Margetson continued to get to know new goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson by putting them through a succession of drills and exercises.

Finally, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan pulled on boxing gloves for four two-minute 'rounds' with Swift and McDonald while the other players and staff roared on their encouragement.

Having finished their physical work, the players cooled down in two inflatable ice baths at the pitch-side to aid circulation and muscle recovery following what had been a testing two hours.


Before riding back up the hill to the team hotel, the squad took time out to sign autographs and pose for photographs with youngsters from the Theresianum Academy in Vienna - including English-born Hammers fan Robin Morgan, who is pictured with Carlton Cole and spoke to West Ham TV - who are in the area for a summer football camp of their own.

After a deserved lunch, the players were given the afternoon to relax and recover before heading back to the stadium for an evening training session this evening.

With the skies now grey and thunder and lightning in the nearby hills, rain threatened but thankfully stayed away from the day's second session, allowing the players to split into small groups to work on specific muscles and body parts for 30 minutes.

Head of sports medicine Andy Rolls, head of rehabiliation Stijn Vandenbroucke, strength and conditioning coach Mathew Monte-Colombo and sports therapists Taka Yamamoto and Will Storey each worked with a group of between four and seven players.

After a half-hour of intense work and exercise, it was time for bit of fun in the form of a game of cricket.

Rain did not stop play as the players illustrated their all-round sporting prowess by bowling, batting and fielding with aplomb on the beautiful playing surface.

Highlights of the day's play were Sam Baldock and Wally Downes' outstanding batting, Mark Noble and Ravel Morrison's bowling and the fielding of Nicky Maynard, who pulled off a miraculous full-length diving catch to dismiss one batsman. The match also gave the likes of Ricardo Vaz Te the chance to play a sport he had never tried before.


West Ham TV will have exclusive coverage of the cricket soon, while a gallery of photos from the game is now available to view here.

Stay tuned to and visit West Ham TV for updates throughout the week from Austria.

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