England announce schedule of West Indies Test series

Tanya Simon
June 3, 2020

England's Test series against West Indies is due to get under way on July 8, subject to government clearance, and we will examine just how big a moment it is for the game on The Cricket Show this Thursday from 2pm.

CWI said it will not hold the decisions made by Hetmyer, Bravo and Paul against them when considering future selection. The specific reasons for their withdrawal were not given by CWI.

"We would like to thank Cricket West Indies for their co-operation and dedication in making this tour a reality, and we all look forward to the prospect of cricket returning in the coming weeks".

Edgbaston in Birmingham has also been named as a training facility for the teams to use in order to securely monitor the movements of both teams under a bio-secure bubble. These matches will take place without spectators, due to the spread of the covid19 pandemic, and the players will stay at on-site hotels in biosecure conditions.

The first Test will begin on July 8 at Southampton, which will be followed by the next two Tests in Manchester.

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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 previous year.

The 22-year-old Holder - who is not related to captain Jason Holder - was the leading fast bowler in the West Indies Championship with 36 wickets in eight matches at 18.91 each, and was one of the successful ICC U-19 World Cup-winning side in 2016.

Only around 200 people will be allowed into the match "bubble" for the duration of the Test.

He has previously represented the West Indies in two T20 Internationals back in 2011 and 2012.

"They are used to putting saliva on a cricket ball and can't do that anymore, so they will have to re-train the brain". "However, being in England and working together for four weeks before the first Test will give the squad the opportunity to get acclimatized and hopefully, mentally and technically adjusted to the demands of the new environment", said lead selector Roger Harper.

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