India v England: Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Rory Burns begin training in Chennai

Dubai: England all-rounder Ben Stokes, fast bowler Jofra Archer and opening batsman Rory Burns will begin training for their upcoming Test series against India on Saturday at the M A Chidambaram Stadium, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Saturday.

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The ECB further said that the rest of the touring party remains in quarantine and the full squad “will train for the first time on Tuesday afternoon”.

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“The first group of players – Archer, Burns and Stokes – will practise each morning for the next three days. They are limited to a two-hour session. The entire England touring party received their second PCR COVID-19 test yesterday. All results returned negative results,” said the ECB.

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Stokes, Archer and Burns had arrived in India before the rest of their teammates as they had been rested for England’s two-Test series in Sri Lanka. The contingent that was part of the Sri Lanka tour arrived in Chennai on Wednesday.

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The four-match series starts on February 5 with the first two Tests scheduled to be played in Chennai. The series then moves to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Tests. The third Test will be a day-night encounter, beginning February 24.

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