Indian cricket team undergo first session outdoors ahead of England testing

The Indian team underwent their first outdoor session on Monday since arriving in Chennai, before the opening test against England which begins on Friday.

The Indian players, who completed their six-day quarantine in the city on Monday, have started preparations for the four-game test series with an outdoor session, the team’s local media manager said.

The first test starts on Friday at the MA Chidambaram stadium here while the second match will also be played at the same location from February 13.

The home team led by Virat Kohli will take to the pitch with net sessions starting Tuesday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

The Indian team, fresh out of the Test Series victory in Australia, entered the bio-bubble at a city hotel on Wednesday.

England’s full squad are set to train for the first time since arriving in the city on Tuesday from 2 p.m., according to an ECB spokesperson.

Members of the Indian and British teams returned three tests negative for COVID-19 during their quarantine period.

“The Indian cricket team finished their quarantine today in Chennai. Three RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 were carried out at regular intervals and all tests returned negative results, ”the BCCI said in an update.

England players such as Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns, who did not travel with the team to Sri Lanka for a series of tests, completed their quarantine earlier and have been training.

“All PCR tests from yesterday’s test gave negative results. The English party is no longer in quarantine and will train for the first time as a full squad at the stadium tomorrow afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (IST) “, reads an update from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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