West Indies skipper Jason Holder on Tuesday said that it is a huge step forward in cricket as they travel to England for Test series following COVID-19 shutdown. Fans no longer need to watch the repeat telecast of previous matches and they can look forward to real things again.

“This is a huge step forward in cricket and sports in general as we travel over to England for this series, “ Jason Holder told AFP.

“A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game,” he added.

“It must be extremely scary and I think the whole cricketing world will be grateful to see some cricket again,” said England skipper Joe Root as quoted by AFP.

The three-match contest will kick off on July 8 after getting delayed for a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Test series will begin at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Schedule:

First Test: July 8-12, Ageas Bowl Southampton
Second Test: July 16-20, Old Trafford Manchester
Third Test: July 24-28, Old Trafford Manchester
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West Indies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

Reserve players: Sunil Ambris, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Keon Harding, Kyle Mayers, Preston McSween, Marquino Mindley, Shane Moseley, Anderson Phillip, Oshane Thomas, Jomel Warrican.
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