Ashley Giles expects delay in West Indies series

LONDON: England cricket team leader Ashley Giles has predicted a significant delay in the local series against the Antilles in June, if the coronavirus subsides enough to allow all three tests to continue.

The county championship, which comprises four-day matches, was due to start on Sunday, but English cricket will be closed until at least May 28, with the expectation of further postponements.

England are meant to play a three-Test series against the Antilles in June, with the opening match at The Oval starting on June 4.

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After last year's World Cup in England, the Australians played a 12-day match for three at Southampton as their only warm-up match for the Ashes.

Australia Coach Justin Langer He then settled on his squad and saw tourists hit England in the first Test at Edgbaston for 251 runs, although the five-game series ended in a 2-2 draw.

England benefited from a similar match when their Twenty20 team lost a practice match against their own second string in Abu Dhabi in 2010.

As a result, hitters Michael Lumb & Craig Kieswetter They forced their way to the senior team that won that year's World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

Giles, when asked about a game within the squad, replied: If we had to, I think it would be a decent way to solve a problem if we weren't playing cricket more broadly. I think we could do that.

Giles added he was also open to the possibility of England's Test & one-day teams playing at the same time if that was the best way to fulfil fixtures in a shortened season.

We have enough depth where we can divide our resources, but we haven't gotten that far, he said.

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