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Ashley Giles expects delay to West Indies series


LONDON: England cricket workforce leader Ashley Giles has forecast an important extend to the home series towards the West Indies in June will have to the coronavirus relent sufficiently to allow the three Tests to go forward.

The county championship, comprising four-day fits, used to be because of get started on Sunday but English cricket is close down until a minimum of May 28, with the expectancy of further postponements.

England are meant to play a three-Test series towards the West Indies in June, with the outlet tournament at The Oval starting on June four.

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But England workforce director Giles told journalists in a conference call on Thursday: "The time limit of May 28 nonetheless stands but it's taking a look less and no more most likely that we are going to be in the market in June.

"We have to have a look at choices."

Following the visit of the West Indies, England are meant to play house series towards Pakistan, Australia and Ireland as well.

"We are taking a look at scenarios the place we will be able to push the ones fits again as far as conceivable with out losing any cricket," said Giles.

"Whether eventually video games get started falling off the calendar right now we don't know.

"If we can't get it all, it's really important we work in partnership with all the other boards to fulfil those fixtures but with a priority on keeping people safe."

Meanwhile the previous England spinner said an intra-squad tournament very similar to the only Australia performed sooner than remaining year's Ashes could function a warm-up fixture for his aspect if the season can get underway.

With Britain lately in lockdown, gamers can't pass directly from their properties into the global enviornment.

"From a playing point of view certainly, I think we'll need to play a couple of warm-up games," Giles said.

"They could be behind closed doors, they could be among England players -- none of us really know until we get there."


Following remaining year's one-day World Cup in England, the Australians performed a three-day 12-a-side tournament at Southampton as their sole warm-up fixture for the Ashes.

Australia coach Justin Langer then settled on his squad and noticed the tourists hammer England within the first Test at Edgbaston by means of 251 runs, even supposing the five-match series resulted in a 2-2 draw.

England themselves benefitted from a identical fixture when their Twenty20 aspect lost a practice tournament to their own 2d string in Abu Dhabi in 2010.


As a consequence, batsmen Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter compelled their manner into the senior workforce that went on to win that's year's World Twenty20 within the Caribbean.


Giles, requested about an intra-squad tournament, replied: "If we had to, I think that would be a decent way around a problem if we weren't playing cricket more broadly. I think we could do that."


Giles added he used to be also open to the potential for England's Test and one-day groups enjoying at the same time if that used to be the best way to fulfil fixtures in a shortened season.


"We have got enough depth where we can split our resources but we haven't got that far," he said.


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