European Central Bank confirm home Test series with West Indies for July

England announce schedule of West Indies Test series

02 Jun 2020 England announce schedule of West Indies Test series Written by Parth Dhall ¢erdot Sports

The first Test will be played at the Ageas Bowl, followed by two Tests at Old Trafford from July 16 and July 24.

"The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisers have been involved in detailed discussions with ECB", Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

Edgbaston will serve as a contingency venue to stage additional training throughout July.

The series was initially scheduled to take place in June but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Playing in July could be a blessing as the weather is likely to be warmer which will allow the squad more of an opportunity to play its best cricket", he said.

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"I think we have a squad that will be very competitive".

Bravo, with 54 caps and eight Test centuries, is the greatest loss by way of hardened experience, the kind on show in Antigua last year when, on a volatile pitch in a low-scoring match, the 31-year-old Trinidadian ground out a near six-hour 50 to help seal the series win.

Harper is confident that his team will retain the Wisden Trophy. "We will have to bat consistently well to do so".

"Chemar Holder is an exciting young fast bowling talent who is coming off an excellent domestic First-Class season". He could prove a real asset to the team in England.

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Uncapped batsman Nkrumah Bonner, 31, and fast bowler Chemar Holder, 22, are included in the squad, while bowler Shannon Gabriel is on the reserve list as he returns to fitness following an ankle operation past year.

The West Indies squad will arrive on a charter flight from Barbados - paid for by the European Central Bank at a cost of around £500,000 - on Tuesday and head to Manchester for a three-week training camp that will begin with their mandatory 14-day quarantine period in the country.

The ECB chose to move the matches to the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford for reasons of bio-security. "These are our proposed dates and they remain subject to United Kingdom government approval".

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