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PIX: England trio starts training at Chepauk

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Last updated on: January 30, 2021 15:58 IST
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Ben Stokes at a nets session at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday

IMAGE: Ben Stokes at a nets session at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Photographs: Kind courtesy ECB

Premier all-rounder Ben Stokes, pacer Jofra Archer and reserve opener Rory Burns on Saturday had their first training session at the Chepauk after successfully completing six days of hard quarantine, while other members of the squad cleared their second COVID-19 test.

 

The trio were not a part of the Sri Lanka Test series with Stokes and Archer being rested for workload management purpose while Burns skipped the previous tour due to the birth of his first child. 

England's Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer get ready to hit the nets on Saturday

IMAGE: England's Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer get ready to hit the nets on Saturday.

The trio had reached India before their colleagues and having already cleared their three RT-PCR tests could hit the nets on Saturday.

"The first group of players -- Archer, Burns and Stokes -- will practice each morning for the next three days. They are limited to a two-hour session," England's media manager Danny Reuben informed.

"The entire England touring party received their second PCR COVID-19 test yesterday. All results returned negative results," he added.

England batting coach Graham Thorpe with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the nets on Saturday

IMAGE: England batting coach Graham Thorpe with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the nets on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the entire visiting contingent has detected negative for coronavirus in their second PCR COVID-19 test done on Friday.

"The entire England touring party received their second PCR COVID-19 test yesterday. All results returned negative results," said ECB media.

The full England squad is scheduled to start its training from February 2 ahead of the series opener against India, starting February 5 in Chennai.

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