Ben Stokes, Joe Root (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
England are trying into the potential of holding a training camp within the sub-continent for their Test squad forward of deliberate excursions of Sri Lanka and India.
Their red-ball facet accomplished a 2020 residence Test programme with a 1-0 win in a three-match collection towards Pakistan following a rain-marred drawn finale at Southampton on Tuesday.
That was the final of six Tests this season — all performed behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus pandemic — after England’s 2-1 win over the West Indies final month.
But as Joe Root’s facet left their bio-secure bubble, there was no certainty as to when they are going to be in motion once more, with Covid-19 having upended the worldwide cricket calendar.
England may very well be in Sri Lanka in January for a tour that was initially halted in March due to the virus outbreak earlier than travelling to India for a Test collection.
“It is nice to know that some form of preparation is being considered ahead of the winter tours if they take place and to give us a really good chance of competing if it is in sub-continent conditions,” Root mentioned.
“If not then we just have to make the most of what is available to us.”
Whenever they subsequent play Test cricket, England will in all probability discover themselves having to work out who to drop as a way to get Ben Stokes again within the facet after he missed the ultimate two matches of the Pakistan collection to be along with his ailing father in New Zealand.
Zak Crawley made means for an additional seamer earlier within the season when a quad harm meant star all-rounder Stokes was unfit to bowl.
But having scored 267 — his maiden Test century — towards Pakistan final week, the 22-year-old batsman is unlikely to be dropped once more quickly.
“I don’t think when someone scores 267 it is going to give you too many headaches,” mentioned Root of Crawley.
“He has been left out of the team twice for the balance of the side so to come into the team twice and affect both games shows huge amounts of class, talent, skill, concentration and maturity.
“Hopefully it’s a springboard and it’s a disgrace there isn’t any extra Test cricket for him this summer time as a result of I’m positive he would have needed to hold on this manner.”
None of England’s Test squad have been considered for the upcoming three-match Twenty 20 series against Pakistan starting Friday, with the red and white-ball groups largely kept separate this season.
But while new-ball bowlers such as James Anderson and Stuart Broad are now Test specialists, World Cup-winning batsman Root remains an all-format player.
He has even expressed an interest in playing in county side Yorkshire’s Twenty20 Blast opener on Thursday, a move could yet pave the way for Root’s return to the limited overs squad for England’s T20 and one-day international series at home to arch-rivals Australia next month.
“That is totally out my fingers, I simply wish to take advantage of this summer time,” said Root.
“It can be pretty to play some T20 cricket, whether or not that is for Yorkshire or England, I simply wish to play probably the most cricket I can from what is on the market.
“I’m already looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully scoring some runs.”