Holder welcomes ‘huge step for cricket and sport’ as West Indies arrive in England

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West Indies arrive in England for behind-closed-doors Test series

The Windies have arrived in Manchester forward of the deliberate behind-closed-doors Check collection, which is able to begin in Southampton on July 8.

They’re the primary worldwide sports activities group to go to the UK since lockdown started in March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

West Indies’ 39 members of their touring group, which incorporates 25 gamers, examined unfavourable for COVID-19 previous to their constitution flight from Antigua and are actually poised to be examined once more.

They’ll enter quarantine at Previous Trafford, which is able to host the second and third Check matches and function their base to organize for the opening encounter.

Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul opted to withdraw from the touring social gathering due to the pandemic.

However West Indies captain Holder was in a optimistic temper and conscious of the importance of the journey.

“It is a big step ahead in cricket and in sports activities on the whole,” Holder stated, talking earlier than the group landed in England.

“Lots has gone into the preparations for what might be a brand new part within the sport.

“I’m blissful for the help and well-wishes we have now been receiving from our loyal and devoted followers as soon as it was confirmed the tour would go forward. This has been a supply of nice inspiration.

“Now we have a incredible group of cricketers, coaches, medical workers and help workers and I do know everyone seems to be eagerly wanting ahead to the beginning of the primary match.”

West Indies beat England 2-1 within the Caribbean final yr however haven’t gained a collection in England since 1988.

Holder stated: “There’s expectation within the air that we’ll defend the Wisden Trophy and we will definitely put within the work and provides it our all to maintain maintain of it.”

Assistant coach Roddy Estwick was additionally optimistic in regards to the group’s probabilities if they will comprise the England bowling assault.

“Three years in the past, it was a really, very younger unit,” Estwick stated of the group who misplaced the 2017 collection 2-1 in England. “Now we have seasoned Check gamers, we have gamers with 50 Check matches.

“So I believe as soon as we are able to hit the bottom operating and get the preparation in, get some match observe underneath our belts, we could be a lot higher.

“We have got kids coming by way of. If we are able to get scores on the board we are able to actually problem England as a result of I do know the bowling might be good.”

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