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Coronavirus: No positive tests for England squad ahead of West Indies series

  • The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced all 702 COVID-19 tests carried out on players and staff were negative.
  • England's training squad have all tested negative for coronavirus ahead of the Test series against West Indies.
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Modified 26 Jun 2020, 11:38 IST
The Ageas Bowl, venue for the first Test between England and West Indies.
The Ageas Bowl, venue for the first Test between England and West Indies.

England's training squad have all tested negative for coronavirus ahead of the Test series against West Indies.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have carried out a total of 702 tests during June, involving not just players but also members of the coaching team and staff at the two bio-secure venues - the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford - set to host the upcoming matches.

All those checked were clear of COVID-19, the governing body confirmed on Wednesday. The first Test starts on July 8.

"The England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that 702 COVID-19 tests were carried out between June 3 and June 23 with several stakeholder groups working at the bio-secure venues of the Ageas Bowl and Old Trafford," a short statement read.

"These groups include players, support staff, match officials, ECB staff, venue staff and hotel staff. We can confirm that all 702 tests were negative."

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A socially distanced meeting on the outfield for our training group as we prepare for international cricket to return pic.twitter.com/vLVhaMkci2 — England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 24, 2020

All of England's players bar Jofra Archer arrived at the Ageas Bowl, which stages the series opener, on Tuesday to take part in a behind-closed-doors camp.

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Paceman Archer is set to join up with his team-mates on Thursday, his delayed arrival coming after a member of his household felt unwell over the weekend.

After starting out at the Ageas Bowl, England and West Indies will move up to Manchester for the remaining two Tests.

Published 24 Jun 2020, 22:28 IST
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