Saturday 19 September, 2020

No positive tests among England cricketers ahead of West Indies series

A general view of play, during day two of a West Indies warm up match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday June 24, 2020. Top-level cricket is being played for the first time in the world since the March coronavirus lockdown, as West Indies began their intra-squad warm-up match at Old Trafford. (Gareth Copley/Pool via AP).

A general view of play, during day two of a West Indies warm up match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday June 24, 2020. Top-level cricket is being played for the first time in the world since the March coronavirus lockdown, as West Indies began their intra-squad warm-up match at Old Trafford. (Gareth Copley/Pool via AP).

No England cricketers have tested positive for coronavirus in the past three weeks ahead of next month’s Test series against the West Indies, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Wednesday.

A total of 702 tests were conducted on England’s players, support staff, match officials, ECB staff, and hotel staff from June 3-23 at two bio-secure venues — Manchester’s Old Trafford and Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.

All the tests returned negative results. Some people have been tested multiple times.

The total number of checks for COVID-19 does not include England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s second test, the result of which will be announced on Thursday.

A member of Archer’s household felt unwell over the weekend. Archer has already tested negative for the virus but had another check on Wednesday.

Because there were no positives, all players in England’s 30-man training group will have their first day of practice at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday. The group will split into two, with one training in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

An internal squad match will take place from July 1-3 before the squad is announced for the first test against the West Indies starting July 8.

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