It has seemed an age since we were informed in March that the tour of Sri Lanka had been postponed but it appears we are now finally moving towards the return of cricket.
18 bowlers are set to take part in individual sessions today at seven different grounds across the country as England players resumed training for the first time, according to The Guardian.
The 18 returning include a mix of centrally contracted and county players, with Surrey spinner Amar Virdi and Warwickshire seamer Ollie Robinson understood to be among them.
England stalwarts such as Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran, and Jofra Archer are also known to be included.
Batsmen and wicket-keepers are expected to follow at the start of June, with England thought to be set to bring a pool of around 30 players back to training ahead of the potential return of international cricket this summer.
Our members will have to chance to ask managing director of England Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles their questions tonight in our latest ‘Barmy Army Meets’ Q&A…
According to The Guardian, England are hoping to stage a behind-closed-doors Test series with the West Indies from the 8th of July.
The ECB has previously confirmed that its plan is within government guidelines and will follow strict protocols on social distancing, hygiene, and temperature testing to ensure the safety of players and staff.
Clearly, there is still a long way to go until we see the England players back on the field but it is fantastic to hear that progress is being made towards the potential return of international cricket.
The Three Lions were originally scheduled to host a Test series against West Indies, a T20 and ODI series against Australia, a Test and ODI series against Pakistan, before concluding the summer with a three-match ODI series against Ireland.
It seems unlikely that we’ll get a schedule that full but we may at least see the Three Lions play some international cricket this summer, which is certainly something to get excited about!