New Delhi: England Vs West Indies: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced its 30-man practice squad with the West Indies on Wednesday ahead of the Test series starting on July 8. The team will take part in a training camp at the Ages Bowl from June 23. This team will make its preparation between closed doors and then after that, it will play a three-day practice match from July 1. The ECB has also announced a coaching team for the three-match Test series. Former cricketer Graham Thorpe will support the team’s head coach Chris Silverwood. Graham Thorpe will join the team as a batting specialist and assistant coach.
England has to host the West Indies for the three-match Test series starting on July 8. Due to Coronavirus, matches will be played without spectators. The first match between England and the West Indies will be played at the Ages Bowl in Hampshire, while the second and third matches will be played at Old Trafford ground.
England has added three-county coaches to the team to help in the preparation of the 30-man squad for the three-Test series. Glenn Chappell, Richard Dawson, and Matthew Walker have been linked with the team as the head coaches of Lancashire, Glosserscher, and Kent. All three will join the team in the Agias Bowl at Southampton from Tuesday. The players and coaches will be in a biologically safe environment, preparing and training at the ground and the hotel associated with it till the first test starting on July 8. Meanwhile, due to the Coronavirus epidemic, there will be regular testing of players. There will be a three-day practice match from July 1, after which the team of the first Test will be announced. The second and third Tests will be played at Manchester’s Old Trafford where the West Indies team is preparing.
The training group also includes Moin Ali, who has not played Test cricket since the second Ashes Test in August last year. Eight new players are also part of the training group of which Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory and Matt Parkinson have made international debut in limited-overs cricket. England said assistant coach Paul Collingwood would take charge of the ODI team. The team is expected to host Ireland for the three-match series. England also has to play one-day internationals against Pakistan and Australia but so far the schedule of the matches has not been confirmed.
The England team is as follows: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Joffra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Dominic Bess, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jose Butler, Jack Crowley, Sam Curren, Joe Denali, Ben Fox, Lewis Gregory, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mehmood, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Ollie Stone, Amar Virdi, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood