England’s Intra-Squad Practice Game Gave Fans A Preview Of What To Do When International Cricket Begins Next Week:
England’s intra-squad practice game ahead of the three-test series against the West Indies gave cricket fans a preview of what to expect when the action resumes next week at Southampton. Ben Stokes, who will be captain of England in the absence of regular skipper Joe Root, was captain of the side while wicketkeeper Jos Buttler was leading the other team. On the first day of the intra-squad game, James Anderson found his groove as he bowed 18 overs and picked up two wickets.
Anderson caught Joe Denly right in front of the stumps with a sharp in-swinger to pick up his first wicket. For 58, the 37-year-old eliminated Dan Lawrence as the right-handed batsman flicked the ball straight to Jamie Overton.
England Cricket’s official Twitter account has shared several images of Anderson and other players following the latest International Cricket Council guidelines in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s different, but it’s back,” England Cricket captioned the pictures on Twitter.
It's different, but it's back ❤️🏏 pic.twitter.com/DKFQxRZRam
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 1, 2020
In the practice match, Jos Buttler ‘s side, having been beaten, declared their innings at 287 for five. James Bracey, 23 years old, was the top runner with a knock of 85. Buttler and Sam Curran were unbeaten at 24 and 15, respectively, at the end of the first day of play in the continuing three-day game.
James Bracey, 23 years old, was the top runner with a knock of 85. Buttler and Sam Curran were unbeaten at 24 and 15, respectively, at the end of the first day of play in the continuing three-day game.
Replacement fielder Amar Virdi came out with drinks on Wednesday, and even he was seen wearing gloves as a precautionary measure to minimize the risk for players to contract a deadly coronavirus.
The first test match since the coronavirus-enforced break is scheduled to begin on July 8. The West Indies will be holding three Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals in England. Nonetheless, no fans will be able to watch any of the matches, because every game will be played behind closed doors.