West Indies announce squad for England Test series, three players opt out

West Indies announce squad for England tour

03 Jun 2020 West Indies announce squad for England tour Written by Parth Dhall ¢erdot Sports

The International Cricket Council (ICC) hasn't ruled out the chances of introducing substitutes in Tests matches in case a player tests for coronavirus during a course of a match.

On Wednesday, Cricket West Indies announced a squad of 14 with 11 reserves but said the three players had turned down selection.

Burns is expected to reclaim his place in the batting order, surrendered at the turn of the year when a warm-up game of football in Cape Town left him with serious ankle ligament damage, but knows it will be far from easy.

"More than half of the squad were involved in the victorious Test series against England in the Caribbean past year so they will bring that experience, that knowledge and belief with them and marry it to the enthusiasm and vitality of the newcomers". The experienced batsman was in excellent touch in the West Indies's four-day championship, where he cracked an imposing 248 for Jamaica against Leeward Islands.

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England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler previously said the shutdown had allowed cricketers to recharge their batteries and could prove beneficial in the long run. "But clearly it's something we are planning for", Elworthy, who's also a former South Africa fast bowler, added.

"It's been mitigated by the explanations we've had, which has been really positive".

Despite still being subject to the British government's approval, England look set to finally get their home summer of cricket under way with the first clash against Jason Holder's men on 8 July.

West Indies will arrive in England on June 9 and head to Manchester where they will be quarantined and train for three weeks. "This will be their base for a three-week period before moving to the Ageas Bowl for the start of the first Test", said the European Central Bank statement.

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"It's an incredible facility, with a full size training ground next to the main ground".

"The interest in next year's India Test match is a real testament to the passion and loyalty of cricket fans in this country", said Oval managing director Charlie Hodgson.

Lancashire, having made their Old Trafford base available for worldwide duty, are planning to use Aigburth in Liverpool as a main home ground should a county season delayed until August at the earliest get going.

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