ECB confirm those selected to return to training

The ECB has announced the group of players that have been asked to resume training in preparation for the return of cricket behind-closed-doors. 

With provisions ramping up ahead of the sport's restoration, 55 men have been informed that they are required to begin training in order to ensure they are ready for any immediate games, 'subject to UK Government clearance'.

Although the idea of having format-specific squads has been spoken about, the make-up of these squads 'will be announced in due course'.

The list of players - which includes 14 uncapped members - is as follows:

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Pat Brown (Worcestershire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Laurie Evans (Sussex), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Will Jacks (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqid Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Amar Virdi (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

Speaking of the announcement, ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat revealed his delight at the first step towards a return for the game.

"It's really pleasing to be in a position to have players returning to training and a huge amount of work has been done by many to get us this far.

The pool of players will give selectors strong options when it comes to selecting squads across formats further down the line, as we move closer to our aim of playing international cricket this summer."

He also praised the collective efforts of many around the country that have allowed this step to be taken.

"We will need to continue to work closely with our medical team and government to ensure that our return to training and play activities are in line with best-practice guidelines.

'We're also really grateful for the positive and collaborative response from our county colleagues who are doing a great job at facilitating coaching and supporting the players.

The fact that we can call on our network to support the national effort shows the strength of our system."

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