England will kickstart their dwelling summer season which marks the return of worldwide cricket following the Covid-19 pandemic break with a 3-day observe recreation on the Ageas Bowl, Southampton from Wednesday, July 1.

The 27-man England squad has been cut up into 2 groups of 13 and 14 gamers every and might be led by Ben Stokes and Jos Bultter.

On the facet led by Stokes, the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Keaton Jennings and James Anderson are star names whereas the likes of Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran, Mark Wooden, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad are the massive names in Buttler’s group.

Notably, Stokes might be main England within the first Take a look at in opposition to West Indies, beginning July eight on the Ageas Bowl as Joe Root will miss the fixture to attend the start of his little one. Stokes, who has served as England’s take a look at vice-captain since his appointment in July final 12 months, will turn out to be England’s 81st take a look at captain, whereas Buttler will assume vice-captaincy duties.

Key battles for spots within the enjoying XI

Regardless of not being a first-class recreation, there’s a lot to stay up for within the 3-day observe recreation as England will choose the enjoying XI for the primary Take a look at after the match.

There are fairly a couple of gamers jostling for spots within the enjoying XI for the primary Take a look at. Whereas quick bowler James Anderson and Stuart Broad are automated decisions together with seam-bowling all-rounder Stokes, there may be competitors for the third quick bowler slot amongst Jofra Archer, Mark Wooden, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran.

Within the absence of Root, there may be competitors for the middle-order slots as properly with the likes of Joe Denly, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley eyeing the positions.

In the meantime, Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Dom Bess can even be battling for the lone spinner’s spot within the enjoying XI.
Buttler is predicted to take wicketkeeping duties nevertheless it is not going to be shocking if Jonny Bairstow finds a spot within the XI as a pure batsman.

The three-Take a look at sequence which might be performed in a bio-secure setting on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and the Outdated Trafford in Manchester. The Take a look at sequence was initially scheduled to be performed in June in Oval, Lord’s and Edgbaston nevertheless it was postponed as a result of outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The 7-week tour will solely be held in two venues that are ‘bio safe’ and have resorts connected to the stadiums or close by the cricket grounds.

West Indies arrived within the UK as early as final month and have been coaching and staying in bio-secure environments.

Group Stokes

Dominic Sibley, Keaton Jennings, Zak Crawley, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Olly Stone, James Anderson, Saqib Mahmood.

Group Buttler

Rory Burns, James Bracey, Joe Denly, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (c), Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Mark Wooden, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Robinson.

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