England Cricket’s training group named by Ashley Giles

The preparations

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.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 16: England captain Joe Root bats against Stuart Broad during a training session at Trent Bridge on June 16, 2020 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – MARCH 11: Saqib Mahmood of England runs into bowl during a nets session at the P Sara Oval on March 11, 2020 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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Full Training group 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 07: James Anderson of England leaves the field after England won the Second Test between England and South Africa at Newlands on January 07, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

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.

Batsmen who could feature for England during 2020

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