West Indies cricket group has arrived in England for a Test collection as cricket makes its return after Covid-19 lockdowns imposed on the earth. This is the primary cricket motion to take to place in additional than three months as West Indies gamers look to put together for the collection that begins on July 8. Three gamers from the West Indies squad Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul opted not to journey to England.
The 25-member squad from the Caribbean landed in England on Tuesday. All gamers from the squad had been examined for the novel coronavirus earlier than leaving Antigua and their outcomes returned detrimental. Two planes collected gamers from numerous islands within the West Indies on Monday, and so they boarded a personal constitution to Manchester.
The West Indies’ decision to journey to the United Kingdom has been hailed by quick bowler James Anderson. The speedster praised the West Indies gamers for making a “scary decision” to journey to Britain for the three-check cricket collection through the coronavirus pandemic.
While many islands on the Caribbean have been struck by fewer than 100 instances of COVID-19, the United Kingdom has been one of many world’s hardest-hit nations with greater than 40,000 coronavirus deaths already registered. On Wednesday alone, there have been 245 deaths and 1,003 instances recorded.
Lockdown restrictions are solely being steadily eased in England, however the West Indies arrived on Tuesday for a tour through which the primary check doesn’t start till July Eight below stringent well being and security protocols. The gamers, in quarantine in Manchester, will proceed to be examined commonly and dwell, prepare and play in a safe surroundings.
Three West Indies gamers — Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul — turned down the prospect to journey, although.
“It’s great for the game, brilliant, that we’re closing in on getting some test cricket played after a decent layoff,” Anderson stated on Thursday, referring to the shutdown of the worldwide recreation since mid-March.
“From our point of view, we’re very grateful the West Indies are coming over here. With what’s going on in the world, I can imagine it’s a scary decision for a lot of them, for all of them, to make the journey over.” England’s tour of Sri Lanka was minimize brief in March due to the virus outbreak and the gamers will go into the collection in opposition to West Indies with none aggressive cricket behind them, which is particularly problematic for the 37-year-previous Anderson. England’s all-time main wicket-taker has struggled with accidents over the previous yr, most just lately needing to depart the group’s tour of South Africa in January with a rib downside. He has bowled solely 74 overs since August.
Anderson is amongst a gaggle of 55 gamers requested to return to England coaching forward of the West Indies collection and has been bowling within the nets whereas following social-distancing measures.
“I managed to tick over quite well during lockdown. Luckily, I’ve got enough space to fit half my run-up in on my drive,” he stated.
“There are concerns — we’re not going to have had any competitive cricket before that first test match and we’ve got three tests in quick succession, so there are obviously things we need to look at in terms of workloads and whether we play all three as bowlers or whether we rotate.”
(with AP inputs)