European Central Bank announces schedule of three closed-door Tests against WI

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The squad also includes Shai Hope, who during the West Indies' 2017 Test match win at Headingley became the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a first-class match at Yorkshire's headquarters. Surrey opener Burns will be looking to regain his place at the top of the order after being sidelined since January with ankle ligament damage suffered during a warm-up game of football in Cape Town.

"More than half of the squad were involved in the victorious Test series against England in the Caribbean a year ago so they will bring that experience, that knowledge and belief with them and marry it to the enthusiasm and vitality of the newcomers".

"I've really enjoyed being back; and as odd as it is just bowling into a net with not many people around, it's still nice to be back and playing cricket".

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo. "There's a lot of good cricketers there and think it's going to be a stiff test no matter what".

England will play three Tests at home against the West Indies in July, subject to Government clearance, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday.

Apart from the original squad, West Indies have also called an 11-man list of reserves who will travel with the team.

Family concerns were the main reasons for Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul declining selection for the West Indies tour of England.

Burns knows from experience how tough the West Indies attack can
Burns knows from experience how tough the West Indies attack can

"What might it look like?" But it's been very clear in the messaging we've had, in terms of putting minds at ease.

The opening Test will get underway on July 8 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. Giving the rationale behind selecting two venues, Elworthy said: "If you were to hold your first two Test matches at the same venue, you could end up possibly winning a series in the same conditions in the same venue, back-to-back".

The West Indies squad will arrive on a charter flight from Barbados, paid for by the European Central Bank, on Tuesday (June 9) and head to Manchester for a three-week training camp that will begin with their mandatory 14-day quarantine period in the country.

Director of cricket Paul Allott told Sky that training would shift temporarily move to Cheshire's Chester Boughton Hall, while Aigburth would be a primary site for future county matches alongside "satellite grounds" such as Southport and Blackpool.

They will train and quarantine together for around a month before marking the return of Test cricket in the country.

Lancashire, having made their Old Trafford base available for global duty, are planning to use Aigburth in Liverpool as a main home ground should a county season delayed until August at the earliest get going.

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