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

By Sports Desk June 09, 2020

West Indies have arrived in Manchester ahead of the planned behind-closed-doors Test series with England.

The Windies are scheduled to meet in England in three Tests, the first taking place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton beginning July 8 followed by two at Old Trafford as international cricket makes a tentative return from its coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul withdrew from the 25-man touring party, which landed in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, because of fears over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason Holder's men will remain in Manchester for training and quarantining before travelling to Southampton for the first Test.

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    “It's not one of our best [performances]. We didn't adapt well to the pitch,” she said.

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