England vs West Indies: ECB releases five players from bio-secure bubble

Joe Denly will join the white-ball training group ahead of the ODI series; the other four have returned to their counties.

Joe Denly played in the first Test against West Indies at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.   -  Getty Images

England has released five players from the bio-secure bubble here after they missed out on selection for the ongoing third Test against the West Indies.

Out of the five, batsman Joe Denly will join the white-ball training group ahead of the upcoming Ireland series. The other four - Dan Lawrence, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson and Olly Stone - have returned to their counties, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

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The 34-year-old Denly played the first Test of the series before being dropped following the return of Joe Root from paternity leave. “While Denly will join up with the England camp at the Ageas Bowl on Monday ahead of the Royal London ODI Series, the other four players will be available for their counties in the build-up to the start of English domestic season, which starts with the Bob Willis Trophy on 1 August,” the ECB said.

England had named an enlarged squad for the three-match Test series against the West Indies, with a number of players kept as reserves for any possible requirement of COVID-19 substitutions.

Six back-up players remain at Old Trafford after England named its playing XI for the third Test.

England is scheduled to play three ODIs against Ireland at the Ageas Bowl at Southampton, starting on 30 July.

 

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