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Fast bowlers in England to return to training from this week

Eighteen fast bowlers from England will return to individualized training from May 21 across seven venues in the country, the ECB confirmed.

The original plan had been to get the cricketers to start training from this week after the long lay-off due to the coronavirus, buy the board wanted to ensure that all venues where practice would begin offered a safe environment for the players and the support staff.

The batters and wicket-keepers are expected to start training from June 1.

The eight venues where training will begin are at the County Ground in Taunton, Edgbaston, Old Trafford, Riverside, Oval, Trent Bridge and The 1st Central County Ground in Hove.

All the training sessions’ will have a physio and a coach from the ECB and select counties. The ECB has specified that a number of measures will be adopted to ensure safety of all involved with temperatures regularly been taken before every session. The fast bowlers will also have to train with their own batch of cricket balls, bowling into an empty net and picking their own ball. They will not use sweat or saliva on the balls and the players have also been instructed to regularly wash their hands and clean the equipment frequently, including mobile phones.

Further, a two metre social distancing will be in place between the players and the support staff, with the coaches wearing their own catching mitt in one hand and a disposable glove on the other to throw the ball back with.

The names of the players who have been called up for the camp will be confirmed later.

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