English summer: protocols, a 30-man squad and maybe even some cricket | Vic Marks

Preparations are under way for England’s behind-closed-doors Tests, with Ashley Giles seemingly covering all contingencies

The advent of 30 names – not an official squad, as Ashley Giles has been keen to emphasise, but a large cluster of cricketers who have been summoned to train at county grounds around the country – will be about the most uplifting moment of the season so far. Until now most of the conversations have focused on whether we will see any cricket this summer. But now the selectors have zoomed and actually been talking about the merits of players who are in contention for Test matches, should that be possible from July onwards.

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