The England Cricket Board (ECB) have released a list containing 55 players, who will resume outdoor training to prepare for matches behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes an additional 37 athletes after the ECB after 18 pace bowlers started training drills the previous week with a view on preparing for Test cricket.
The likes of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson have already commenced bowling in different grounds in England. All cricketing activities have stood suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak that began December late last year. However, the ECB has realistic plans to start the cricketing season from August with Pakistan and West Indies being their visitors.
Some high-profile names, who have got the message to get their training underway comprise of Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Eoin Morgan, Tom Curran, David Willey, Sam Billings, Dawid Malan, and Sam Curran. The ECB corroborated that players have been asked to train as the Englishmen prepare to hold matches without spectators subject to government clearance.
ECB to announce the squads from specific formats in due course:
ECB’s Performance Director Mo Bobat said that the group of players asked to resume training gives them a clear picture of selecting players for different versions moving forward. He went on to say that they would keep working with the medical team in close quarters to ensure that everything is taking place in line with players’ safety.
“The pool of players will give selectors strong options when it comes to selecting squads across formats further down the line, as we move closer to our aim of playing international cricket this summer,” Bobat said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“We will need to continue to work closely with our medical team and government to ensure that our return to training and play activities are in line with best-practice guidelines,” Bobat added.
The pool of players: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Pat Brown (Worcestershire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey),
Besides, the list continues with Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Laurie Evans (Sussex), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Will Jacks (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Amar Virdi (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).