Ahead of the first of three matches against the West Indies in 20 days, England cricket managing director Ashley Giles has named a 30 strong training group. The selected individuals will now head to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Chosen by the selection party as players who will be considered for selection in the upcoming weeks, the players involved could be excited by the prospect of competitive action. The group will compete in a three-day practice match starting on July 1, to help selectors choose the final squad.
The Uncapped Adventure
Included in the enlarged training group are eight uncapped test match players; James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire).
Three additional coaches will also assist in the preparation. Glen Chapple of Lancashire will help coach the bowlers. Gloucestershire’s Richard Dawson will work with the spinners and Kent’s Head Coach Matthew Walker will help the batsmen.
The thirty man squad includes both James Anderson and Mark Wood. Moeen Ali returns to England duty after a short time out of contention due to a decline in form.
New quick on the block Jofra Archer may have difficulties battling it out for a test spot. This is because Anderson and Wood are both fit again. At the Cricket World Cup last year, Jofra Archer played against the West Indies. However, he is yet to face them in a test match. The West Indies squad has recently stated that they will put any friendships with Jofra Archer aside during the test series.
Full Training group
Training group in full: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Dominic Bess, James Bracey, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly.
Ben Foakes, Lewis Gregory, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Matthew Parkinson.
Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Amar Virdi, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
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