With less than a month to go until the return of Test match cricket, England have named their 30-man behind-closed-doors training group for the three-match series against West Indies in July.
Back in May, England revealed the 55 players that they had asked to return to training ahead of the summer of cricket and the selectors have now offered a further clue of who we may see pull on their whites next month.
The 30 players, alongside a red-ball management team, will go into a camp at the Ageas Bowl on the 23rd of June with the first Test set to start at the ground on the 8th of July.
Included in the red-ball group are four players yet to make their international debut – Gloucestershire keeper James Bracey, Essex batsman Dan Lawrence, Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson, and Surrey off-spinner Amar Viridi.
Somerset seamers Lewis Gregory and Jamie Overton, Lancashire quick Saqib Mahmood, and Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson are all included, having featured for England in the shorter formats of the game but not yet earned a Test cap.
There is also a return for Moeen Ali, who took a break from Test cricket after he was dropped in last summer’s Ashes series.
The full squad:
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dominic Bess (Somerset), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), and Mark Wood (Durham).
The players will play a three-day practice match on the 1st of July after which the squad for the first Test will be selected.
As part of the red-ball management team, Graham Thorpe has been named as Chris Silverwood’s assistant coach and will specialise on batting, while Chris Read will work as a wicketkeeping consultant and Carl Hopkinson as the fielding coach.
A trio of county head coaches have also been named in the red-ball management team. Lancashire’s Glen Chapple will work as the bowling coach, Gloucestershire’s Richard Dawson will coach the spinners, and Kent’s Matthew Walker will assist with the batsmen.
ECB performance director Mo Bobat said: “The support that we’ve received from counties during our return to training phase so far has been excellent, and it’s great to be able to continue with this collaborative approach as we move into a ‘behind-closed-doors’ training environment.
“As is the case in the current climate, things have progressed quickly, and we are very grateful to counties for allowing us to second their coaches to support our Test preparation. The larger group of players will certainly keep them busy.”