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England Bowlers Resume Training Today

Seven cricket grounds will host staggered training sessions for up to 18 bowlers, as England players begin training.

Chester-le-Street, Edgbaston, Hove, Old Trafford, Taunton, The Oval and Trent Bridge will all accommodate a training session.

It is planned that batsmen and wicket keepers will return to action on 1 June.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are expected to confirm next week which players have been invited to train.

Around 30 players who are centrally contracted to County clubs are to be asked to train.

Training Protocols in Place

The ECB have created several protocols to be followed when training resumes.

In response to current social distancing guidelines.

A coach and a physio will be present where possible.

All physios will be expected to wear the appropriate personal protection equipment when treating injuries.

The ECB accept the full responsibility to fund and source the equipment.

Every player will observe strict social-distancing, hygiene and undergo temperature testing

The ECB will also request a number of county coaches to help with one to one coaching.

No Action Until July

The ECB has previously cancelled all first class action until 1 July, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result the three match test series against the West Indies has been postponed.

The first test was scheduled for 4 June at The Oval.

England director of cricket Ashley Giles said that the training regime could lead to the series beginning on 8 July.

If there is any play at international level, the matches are set to be played behind closed doors.

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