England included eight uncapped players in a 30 players training group announced on Wednesday for the Test Series which is to be held next month against West Indies.
The ECB last month named a 55 members strong training group. But the selectors have reduced the number down to those who are more likely to be in contention for the Test match as opposed to the One day team.
The new group ill start the training at the Ageas Bowl on June 23 & remain at Hampshire’s headquarters as they prepare for an intra-squad match on July 1-3. This will give players a chance to include their names in the Test Squad.
The three-match Test series against West Indies will start behind closed doors in Southampton on July 8 with the second & third Tests taking place at Old Trafford. Among the uncapped players in the 30 man squad is Essex batsman Dan Lawrence, Gloucestershire wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey, and Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson.
Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory, and Matt Parkinson have also yet to appear in Tests but have represented England in limited-overs cricket.
England’s assistant coach Paul Collingwood will take charge of the One Day Team in the hope that the three-match series against Ireland can go ahead later this year.
Whereas England National selector Ed Smith said, “Everyone involved with England is delighted that cricket is returning soon and that the players are reporting for group training in preparation for the Test series against the West Indies”. “The squad for the first test match will be announced shortly”, said Ed Smith.