England Test squad to undergo second round of Covid-19 tests upon arrival at Ageas Bowl ahead of full-scale practice for West Indies series
- Second round of Covid-19 tests set to take place upon arrival at the Ageas Bowl
- England set for full-scale practice for the three-match series versus West Indies
- All 30 players returned negative results in first round of testing 10 days ago
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England’s Test squad will undergo a second round of Covid-19 tests upon arrival at the Ageas Bowl on Tuesday ahead of full-scale practice for the three-match series versus West Indies.
All 30 players returned negative results in the first round of coronavirus testing 10 days ago but will be required to isolate in their Hilton hotel rooms for 24 hours while the second set of results are analysed.
From Thursday, when the first group sessions of behind-closed-doors training will take place in pods of 15, players will be tested twice weekly as well as continuing their daily temperature checks.
The England Test squad will have their second round of Covid-19 testing at the Ageas Bowl
The squad is then to be reduced to 20 upon the conclusion of a three-day practice match in Southampton on July 3, with the first Test starting at the same venue five days later.
Following a 2-1 victory in the Caribbean last year, West Indies will be defending the Wisden Trophy in the newly-named #raisethebat Test series.
On Monday, the ECB revealed details of the tribute to NHS staff and other frontline personnel during what will be the first international sporting competition in the UK since the pandemic completely shut elite action in the spring.
Players will be tested upon arrival on Tuesday, before a full-scale practice takes place
Social distancing measures are in place for their practice session for West Indies series
On July 8, the opening day of the first Test, Joe Root’s team will wear the names of cricket-loving professionals – nominated by their recreational clubs for their sacrifices this summer – on their training shirts before play.
‘We’ve waited a long time for this moment, and we wouldn’t be here without the West Indies – we are so grateful to them for making the tour happen,’ said Root.
‘As we get back to playing the game we love, we want to take the time to honour the brave key workers who went into bat for their country under the toughest circumstances. It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to “raise a bat” in their honour. We’ll wear their names with pride.’
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