England fast bowler Chris Woakes is happy to return to training with “normality”


The players want to build their fitness ahead of the three-Test series at home against the West Indies, which is set to be rescheduled behind closed doors for July.

“This is what we know, this is what we do,” Vox told a conference call on Friday. “Obviously it’s work, so it was good to have some form of normality for some training.”

England have selected 18 bowlers to participate in individual training sessions across seven grounds, with the presence of just one physiotherapist.

Under strict health measures they are not allowed to use the changing room and must work with a set of balls that they can lift alone.

“It looks very different to what we’re doing,” said 31-year-old Vox, a 33-year all-rounder and veteran.

The World Cup winner said, “But it was great to be out there and practice a little bit of training and get the ball back, through everyone, at the same time.”

“Obviously not bowled for two months, there are some things that are sour. The sides definitely woke up this morning knowing that I had got a bowl yesterday, but it was good to be back there.”

Despite the epidemic, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is still planning to stage a full international domestic season including three Tests against Pakistan and limited-overs international Tests against Australia and Ireland.

Officials on the touring teams have made optimistic comments about their desire to come to England, subject to health advice, and Vox said: “First and foremost we expect that there will be some form of cricket.

“Obviously it’s going to look different, with closed doors behind it.”

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison has warned that his organization could cost up to £ 380 million (USD 463 million) in the canceled season.

Vox said, “We have seen all the projections that the ECB and the game in general could be in trouble.

“I think it will be a little boost for everybody, and obviously it will be a boost for the game.”