England players set to make return to training as hope grows for Tests

  • ECB hopes to prepare players for home-based Tests
  • West Indies likely to send strong team for first part of summer

England’s cricketers are poised to make a return to training, either in pairs or with a designated coach, amid growing optimism that international matches can be staged behind closed doors this summer.

The government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy permits exercise “with up to one person from outside your household” from Wednesday and now the England and Wales Cricket Board is seeking to establish what this means for its centrally-contracted men during talks with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport this week.

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