“We Can Control The Environment To Make It SAFER Than Going To The Supermarket”: Ashley Giles Outlines Plans For English Cricket Stars To Return To Individual Training
- Players from England begin individual training with red-cone bowlers returning first
- Team director Ashley Giles insisted that the environment be safer than everyday life
- Bowlers begin on Wednesday for the planned West Indies Test series in July
The English cricketers will return to work next week, with Ashley Giles insisting that their individual training sessions are safer than shopping.
An extensive selection of 30 players will train in what will eventually become 11 terrains, with bowlers leading the way on Wednesday and practicing with a coach and a physio as preparations begin seriously for the England-proposed test series against the West Indies in July.
And team director Giles is confident that all the ‘red ball-focused’ players invited over the weekend to the first phase of what will be a three-step process will feel comfortable making the first move back to action.
Ashley Giles has made plans for 30 of the English players to train again next week
“It is very clear that this is individual training so that we can control the environment to ensure that it is safer to exercise again than to go to the supermarket,” Giles said.
‘We are also outside where we know that the risks are much smaller. It is safer than everyday life.
“I’m not kidding about this, but there are risks every time you leave the house.
“We should minimize as many of those risks around the spread of the virus as possible and we would never compromise the safety of our players. But we have to be sure we can play cricket. ‘
The English bowling group, including Stuart Broad, will be the first set of players to return
The key to England’s plans, with the first test to be held in the Ageas Bowl on July 8 and the last two of the first series at Emirates Old Trafford and then the reverse against Pakistan, is clear whether the West Indies are in the first place willing and able to travel.
“I would certainly be nervous if I were a West Indian player, but we’re all nervous, aren’t we?” said the former English spinner.
“I went shopping last week and it’s a really weird feeling when you go out.
“You are almost threatened by anyone who comes near you.
“It can be scary, but we will do everything we can to answer the questions of the West Indies – and those of Pakistan – and make them as comfortable as possible. Things will change. “
The senior side has not played since their test series were canceled in Sri Lanka in March
Giles revealed that England hopes players will be able to come and go from their biosafe environment at certain times during the series, most notably captain Joe Root who wants to be at the birth of his second child in July.
“I could sit here and say we’re going to follow certain protocols, but that’s not realistic,” Giles added. “We want to create a household of about 35 people during the series, but we will have to find ways to get the players out of it.
“Our players will do everything they can to get this started, but it is not realistic to expect to be in a bubble for ten weeks. We will have to be smart with selecting. ‘
Chief executive Johnny Grave told Sky, “We hope the appeal of an English tour will be strong and we certainly don’t expect a weakened team.”
The ECB will explain their security plans during a video conference with Pakistan on Friday, when they will also discuss any concerns from tourists.