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Marcus Trescothick To Become England's Full-time Batting Coach - Report
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Marcus Trescothick To Become England’s Full-time Batting Coach – Report

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is likely to appoint former England opener Marcus Trescothick as batting coach. At the same time, also a potential replacement for wicket-keeper coach could include former England wicketkeeper, James Foster.

As per reports in Dailymail.co.uk., Marcus Trescothick is already in South Africa and helping England’s batsmen for the T20I series starting next Friday. After Mark Ramprakash’s tenure ended in March 2019, only part-time batting coaches have worked with the side. Other candidates include Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.

Marcus Trescothick played for England from 2000 to 2006 :

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Marcus Trescothick represented England from 2000 to 2006 during which he featured in 76 Tests, 123 ODIs and three T20Is. He had retired from international cricket citing stress-related illness.

England players will play two warm-up matches ahead of the start of the white-ball series against South Africa, which comprises of three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals. Cape Town and Paarl will host the whole tour.

England tour of South Africa begins from November 27:

Cricket South Africa informed that one player from their squad has tested positive for the Coronavirus and has been isolated. The medical team is monitoring him and will join once recovered. However, CSA has not revealed the name of the player.

“The player was isolated from the rest of the team and moved to separate, appropriate accommodation with immediate effect. The team’s medical and support staff will monitor the player to ensure his physical health and mental well-being,” said Cricket South Africa (CSA) in a statement on Friday.

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South African players (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“To that end, the inter-squad practice match that was scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. The two players — Marco Marais and Stefan Tait — who were called up to the camp to assist the team in their preparation for the practice match after the results of the first Covid-19 testing on Monday were released, will no longer be joining the team,” the statement said.

South Africa is currently facing internal conflicts in administration. However, it has not affected the tour’s schedule, which is set to begin on November 27.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Steve Smith of Australia acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up match between England and Australia at the Ageas Bowl on May 25, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Australia’s Tour Of England For Three T20Is And Three ODIs Confirmed

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that Australia will tour to the United Kindom (UK) for three T20Is and as many ODI’s at the end of August. The teams will face each other in a limited-overs series in Manchester and Southampton and will be kept in a biosecure environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This series clashes with the IPL and the players participating will reportedly miss the first week of the IPL which is set to commence on September 19th.

The Australian team will arrive in the UK on the 24th of August. Australians will be led in the series by Aaron Finch and will feature in an international match for the first time after March 2020 when they last played against New Zealand.

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T20 series to start on September 4, ODI on September 11

Team Australia will be reaching England exactly after nine days where they will be playing one 50-over intra-squad practice match and three T20 practice matches before the series begin on September 4 with the T20Is, as confirmed by the ECB.

The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The T20s will commence from September 4 and will be played in Southampton.

The ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison is very happy to have successfully organised the summer series in these rough times of an ongoing pandemic.

“The rivalry between England and Australia is the pinnacle of sporting competition. The Vitality IT20s and Royal London Series will be thrilling contests and a perfect way to culminate the men’s international season in this extraordinary summer.

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“I want to congratulate my colleagues at the ECB and the various bio-secure venues working tirelessly in unprecedented circumstances, as we work to ensure that all England men’s international fixtures are fulfilled during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tom Harrison.

Australia’s squad announced for the tour of England

Cricket Australia has announced a 21 man squad for the series naming three debutants namely Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith.

Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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Australia’s tour of England Schedule:

T20I series at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

1st T20I – September 4, Friday – 10:30 PM IST

2nd T20I – September 6, Sunday – 6:30 PM IST

3rd T20I – September 8, Tuesday – 10:30 PM IST

ODI series at the Old Trafford, Manchester

1st ODI – September 11, Friday – 5:30 PM IST

2nd ODI – September 13, Sunday – 5:30 PM IST

3rd ODI – September 16 – Wednesday – 5:30 PM IST

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James Anderson To Address Media Amid Retirement Speculations

England pacer James Anderson will address the media on Monday (August 10), with growing speculations over his retirement. The veteran b0wler has only managed to take six wickets in the last three Test matches and might be rested in the next match against Pakistan in Southampton.

The 38-year-old pacer is very close to the 600-wicket mark in Test cricket but lately has struggled to pick wickets. He is celebrated as the highest wicket-taker for England in Test cricket — and also the first pacer to reach 500 Test wickets for England.

England are playing Pakistan in a three-match Test series leading them by 1-0. The first match at Manchester was won by England owing to an an epic comeback.

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James Anderson to address the media on Monday

According to Daily Mail, it is reported that due to questioning on his form and retirement speculations — he is going to address the media on Monday.

In the last series against West Indies he managed to pick three wickets in the first test, he was dropped for the next test. In the final match, he returned bagging just two wickets. In the current series against Pakistan, he managed only one wicket in the first match and is most likely to be dropped for the second.

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James Anderson. Credits: Reuters

England have called up Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson to their bio-secure bubble in Southampton. Robinson is likely to replace Anderson for the second Test.

Ben Stokes Won’t Be Playing The Rest Of Test Series Against Pakistan Due To Family Reasons

Ben Stokes will travel back to New Zealand because of family reasons and won’t be a part of the team in the remaining two Test matches against Pakistan. The all-rounder only managed to score nine runs and took two wickets in the two innings of the first match.

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The England Cricket board said in a statement: “The England and Wales Cricket Board, along with the Stokes family, requests that all media respects the family’s privacy at this time.”

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No Problem In Touring Pakistan: England Cricket Coach Chris Silverwood

England head coach Chris Silverwood has has “no problem” in touring Pakistan for a short T20 series if it can be managed ahead of the side’s scheduled visit to the country in 2022. England cricket team have avoided touring to Pakistan since 2005 due to security concerns, but now the England and Wales cricket board is open to visiting Pakistan in two years time.

He seems to be hinting that things are on a course of a reciprocal tour, saying England batsmen are raring to have a go at the placid wickets in Pakistan. Pakistan are touring England on a three-match test series in Manchester and Southampton. The first match is currently going on at Manchester with Pakistan batting after winning the toss.

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We Are Looking To Get Back There: Chris Silverwood

England head coach in an interview with Sky Sports on the first test in Manchester, said they are looking to go on a tour to Pakistan before the scheduled trip of 2022.

“For me it’s great that it’s a topic of conversation again. We are looking to get back there. Personally, I’d have no problem going,”

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I’ve never been so it would be nice to go and have a look. And I know our batsmen are looking forward to batting on their wickets. We are getting there (in terms of planning),” he said.

Chris Silverwood’s comments came after the Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan requested the ECB to consider sending a T20 team to Pakistan ahead of their next scheduled visit in 2022.

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A rain-affected day 1, Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat. England skipper Joe Root admitted he would’ve done the same looking at the conditions.

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Babar Azam who looked in good form was dismissed by James Anderson at 69 runs. Opener Shan Masood and wicket-keep Mohammad Rizwan on the crease for the struggling Pakistan side, who’ve lost 4 wickets into day 2.

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Coronavirus Substitute Would Be Needed: ECB In Talks With ICC

England became the first country to resume training activities as they have planned to host bilateral series against the West Indies and Pakistan from July. For the safety of players, ECB would provide a bio-secure environment to the touring nations. However, after taking all the safety measures, there might be chances that players might get infected with COVID-19. So, in this regard, ECB is talking to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow a coronavirus substitute.

As per ICC rules, the substitute for injuries and illness, expect concussion, can not do batting or bowling. They can only be used as fielders. The English board is in talks with ICC to allow the coronavirus substitute to bat and ball as this time the condition would be different because of the virus.

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 “There are still some considerations from an ICC perspective about a Covid-19 replacement. That still needs to be agreed upon. I would hope that would be in place well before the Test series starts in July,” ECB director of events Steve Elworthy said.

ECB proposed the Test series:

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Cricket West Indies(CWI) approved to tour England in July to play three-match Test series. The players would travel through charted planes, and the medical team would travel with them.

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The ECB has proposed the Test series will start on July 8, 16, and 24 at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Old Trafford. Both those venues have on-site hotels.

England is also ready to host Pakistan in August. The two teams would play the three-match Test and T20I series. However, the venues are still not been assigned.

England cricketers Stuart Board, Chris Woakes, and Ben Stokes have started individual training sessions to maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus.

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Cricket West Indies Confirms England’s Test Tour In July

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has confirmed the tour to England to play three-match Test series in July amid the global pandemic. England Cricket Board (ECB) will provide a bio-secure environment to all the players while the matches would be held behind closed doors.

The West Indies board had consulted the medical team and cricket-related advisors of their board as well as ECB’s before confirming the tour. The players would also have to follow 14-days quartine while other safety majors would be taken to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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“The Cricket West Indies (CWI) board gave approval in principle for the proposed upcoming West Indies Test tour of England. The decision comes only after CWI medical and cricket-related representatives and advisors have been involved in detailed discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and their own medical and public health advisers,” said a CWI statement.

“CWI has also received and reviewed detailed plans for players and staff to be kept in a bio-secure environment for the duration of the tour, with all matches being played behind closed doors.”

Test series to begin from July 8:

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Initially, the West Indies tour was lined up in June, but because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, the series has been rescheduled and postponed to July.

The ECB has proposed the Tests will start on July 8, 16 and 24 at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Old Trafford. Both those venues have on-site hotels.

Also, a medical team would be provided to the touring nation who would daily check the players and staff. The CWI further also informed that they would use private charter planes.

England is also ready to host Pakistan in August. The two teams would play the three-match Test and T20I series. However, the venues are still not been assigned.

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Playing In Bio-Secure Environment Is Impractical: Rahul Dravid

During this ongoing coronavirus crisis, cricket and several other sporting activities across the world have been temporarily suspended for an indefinite period. Last week, the global cricket body recommended a host of “back to cricket” guidelines, including 14-day pre-match isolation training camps to make sure that teams are free from the deadly outbreak.

Case in point, England Cricket Board (ECB) is looking forward to restarting cricket season after weeks of inactivity due to COVID-19 pandemic. ECB had recently announced that it would have in place bio-secure venues in a bid to host Pakistan and the West Indies later in the year.

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Playing cricket in the bio-secure environment is unrealistic: Rahul Dravid

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is not convinced with the concept primarily put forward by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Dravid reckons that the ambition to resume cricket in a bio-secure environment is ‘unrealistic’.

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Rahul Dravid. Credits: Hindustan Times.

“It is a bit unrealistic to have things at the level, the ECB is talking about. Obviously, the ECB is very keen to conduct these series because they have had no other cricket…,” Dravid said during a webinar conducted in support of YUVA, a non-profit organisation. Even if they are potentially able to create a bubble and manage it in that way, I think it will be impossible for everyone to do it with the kind of calendar that we have, with the travelling that you do on tours and the number of people involved,” he added.

Earlier, former cricketers like Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Monty Panesar expressed that some of the ICC guidelines on the resumption of cricket are unrealistic and will definitely need a review when the cricketing world is closer to action.

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Babar Azam Hopes PCB Doesn’t Compromise Players’ Health For England Tour

The newly appointed Pakistan’s ODI captain Babar Azam kept his view on PCB’s idea to tour England to play the three-match Test and T20I series in August. The Board has opined that 25 players would travel through charted planes provided by England Cricket Board (ECB).

Earlier, ECB had given a detailed visual presentation to PCB on how they will offer a secure and safe environment to Pakistani players in England. The PCB CEO Wasim Khan had informed that the board was impressed with ECB’s proposal, but the final decision will be taken after consenting the players.

Babar Azam is hopeful for the tour, but he wishes that Board doesn’t comprise player’s health. He has shown faith in his board to take the right call.

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“Luckily, that decision-making is the responsibility of the Pakistan Cricket Board,” Babar said in a video call. “I have complete faith and trust in the PCB and I am confident before making any decisions, they will ensure the health and safety of their players is not compromised. I have read the PCB will take us into confidence. So, I am looking forward to that briefing session. At the end of the day, the environment needs to be safe and secure as no event or match is bigger than life.”

My family would be worried: Babar Azam

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The 25-year-old Azam acknowledged that the cricket has to resume at some point despite the COVID-19, but he admitted that his family would be worried about his travelling.

“Honestly, my family will be more worried than me but if the PCB tells me that it’s safe to go, I will definitely travel. Look, you need to consider UK-related Covid-19 facts: cases reported and deaths. So, if people are scared and worried about Covid-19, they will naturally be nervous traveling into a territory that has one of the highest reported cases and casualties. But, at the same time, I completely understand and accept normal services also need to resume,” the talented batsman asserted.

The venues for the series have still not been fixed, but ECB has initially proposed to host the three-match Test series in Manchester and South Hampton. Later on, venues for the three-match T20 series will also be finalized.

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PCB Has Agreed On Principle To Send The Pakistan Cricket Team For England Tour: Wasim Khan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed with England Cricket Board’s plan to play the three-match Test and T20I series in August. On Friday, ECB had provided a visual presentation to PCB on how they will offer a secure and safe environment to Pakistani players amid the global Pandemic.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan informed that the board was impressed with ECB’s proposal, but the final decision will be taken after consenting the players. Although the series would start in August, the PCB will have to send their players in July to follow 14-day quarantine as per the UK’s government rule.

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“We had a detailed and comprehensive discussion with the ECB on Friday and after that briefing, the PCB has agreed on principle to send the Pakistan cricket team to England in July for three Tests and three T20I series,” said Wasim in an exclusive interview with Dawn.

“The detailed presentation was impressive and we are happy with the plans. But we will brief the players next week and a final decision will be made after getting consent from the players and with the permission of the Government.”

PCB to send 25 players to tour England:

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The PCB further informed that ECB would arrange charted planes and 25 players will tour England to play the series behind closed doors. The venues for the series have still not been fixed, but ECB has initially proposed to host the three-match Test series in Manchester and South Hampton. Later on, venues for the three-match T20 series will also be finalized.

Wasim said that a medical team would also be present with the players to check their temperatures regularly. Hotels will be arranged near the stadium, and practice sessions will also be provided. PCB also clarified that no extra payments for players would be made for this tour.

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ECB Postpones The Inaugural Edition Of The Hundred Till 2021

The outbreak of the coronavirus has whitewashed plans of the organizations. This year England Cricket Board was going to launch a new format of cricket called “The Hundred” but has failed to do so because of the pandemic. The league has now been postponed until 2021 for the safety of the players and the public.

The league was scheduled to in summer this year with eight teams participating in it. It was going to be the first time that the fans were going to witness a 100 ball per innings match. But now they would have to wait for next year.

The Hundred postpones till 2021

“The situation we find ourselves in as a country means that delivery of The Hundred will not be possible this summer,” ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said in a statement.

“Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we won’t get to realize our ambitions this year, The Hundred will go ahead in 2021 when we are safely able to deliver everything we intended to help grow the game.”

ECB postpones The Hundred amid COVID-19 pandemic:

No Cricket Matches In England Till July: ECB

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On Wednesday, ECB had organised the meeting to discuss the future of the new tournaments specifically, and it was there that the decision to delay the launch was made. Earlier, ECB had announced that there would be no matches till July of this year.

It is the first time that a disease has halted sporting events across the world. The unprecedented virus has forced governments to impose a travel ban for the safety of their people. Also, scientists have not found the proper treatment of the infection, and social distancing is the only way to stop the spread of the virus. Thus, people have locked themselves behind closed doors. So, in a situation, organising matches is not easily possible.

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