England cricket team chief Ashley Giles has forecast a big delay to the house series in opposition to the West Indies in June ought to the coronavirus relent sufficiently to permit the three Tests to go forward. The county championship, comprising 4-day matches, was due to begin on Sunday however English cricket is shut down till a minimum of May 28, with the expectation of additional postponements.
England are meant to play a three-Test series in opposition to the West Indies in June, with the opening match at The Oval beginning on June 4.
But England team director Giles instructed reporters in a convention name on Thursday: “The deadline of May 28 nonetheless stands but it surely’s trying much less and fewer doubtless that we’re going to be on the market in June.
“We have to have a look at alternate options.” Following the go to of the West Indies, England are meant to play house series in opposition to Pakistan, Australia and Ireland as properly.
“We are looking at scenarios where we can push those matches back as far as possible without losing any cricket,” mentioned Giles.
“Whether finally video games begin falling off the calendar proper now we don’t know.
“If we will’t get all of it, it’s actually necessary we work in partnership with all the opposite boards to fulfil these fixtures however with a precedence on holding individuals protected.”
– Squad match thought –
Meanwhile the previous England spinner mentioned an intra-squad match comparable to the one Australia performed earlier than final yr’s Ashes may function a heat-up fixture for his aspect if the season can get underway.
With Britain at the moment in lockdown, gamers can’t go straight from their houses into the worldwide enviornment.
“From a playing point of view certainly, I think we’ll need to play a couple of warm-up games,” Giles mentioned.
“They could be behind closed doors, they could be among England players — none of us really know until we get there.” Following final yr’s one-day World Cup in England, the Australians performed a 3-day 12-a-aspect match at Southampton as their sole heat-up fixture for the Ashes.
Australia coach Justin Langer then settled on his squad and noticed the vacationers hammer England within the first Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs, though the 5-match series resulted in a 2-2 draw.
England themselves benefitted from an analogous fixture when their Twenty20 aspect misplaced a follow match to their very own second string in Abu Dhabi in 2010.
As a end result, batsmen Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter pressured their method into the senior team that went on to win that’s yr’s World Twenty20 within the Caribbean.
Giles, requested about an intra-squad match, replied: “If we had to, I think that would be a decent way around a problem if we weren’t playing cricket more broadly. I think we could do that.” Giles added he was additionally open to the opportunity of England’s Test and one-day groups taking part in on the identical time if that was one of the simplest ways to fulfil fixtures in a shortened season.
“We have got enough depth where we can split our resources but we haven’t got that far,” he mentioned.