West Indies frustrated by rain in warm-up

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons self-isolating as a precaution after attending funeral, will rejoin squad later this week

Last Updated: 29/06/20 5:31pm

Rain prevented any play at a soggy Emirates Old Trafford on Monday

Rain prevented any play at a soggy Emirates Old Trafford on Monday

Rain prevented any play at a soggy Emirates Old Trafford on Monday

West Indies were frustrated by the rain in Manchester as day one of their final internal warm-up game ahead of the Test series against England was entirely wiped out.

The tourists took part in a three-day run out at Emirates Old Trafford last week but a second four-day fixture at the same venue has yet to begin due to Monday’s inclement weather.

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Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and fast bowlers Oshane Thomas and Keon Harding were initially left out of the 11 versus 11 clash but West Indies should be permitted to make changes when the game eventually begins.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons will watch the game from the balcony of his hotel room having gone into self-isolation as a precaution after leaving the camp on compassionate grounds on Friday.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons is self-isolating as a precaution West Indies coach Phil Simmons is self-isolating as a precaution

West Indies coach Phil Simmons is self-isolating as a precaution

Simmons, who departed to attend his father-in-law’s funeral, has twice tested negative for coronavirus since returning and will have another test on Wednesday before being allowed to re-join his squad.

Cricket West Indies medical chief Donovan Bennett said: “Phil Simmons adhered to the process of managed exit and re-entry as discussed with and agreed on between CWI and the ECB.

“These contingencies were put in place before the tour was agreed on and all exits from the bio-secure environment must be agreed by both medical teams, before concessions are given.”

West Indies’ first warm-up, which pitted a side captained by Test skipper Jason Holder against a team lead by Kraigg Brathwaite, ended in a draw.

West Indies played their first warm-up game last week West Indies played their first warm-up game last week

West Indies played their first warm-up game last week

Left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer completed a five-wicket haul in just 11 balls for the Brathwaite XI, including trapping Holder lbw for a golden duck, while Brathwaite, Dowrich, Shai Hope, Sunil Ambris, Sheyne Moseley and Shamarh Brooks each struck a fifty.

Holder did not bowl a ball last week, with Simmons saying after the match: “Jason has had a slight niggle on his ankle and that is what has held him back from bowling.

“He will be back to bowling in the four-day game and should be bowling his full quota.”

Jason Holder did not bowl during West Indies' first internal fixture Jason Holder did not bowl during West Indies' first internal fixture

Jason Holder did not bowl during West Indies’ first internal fixture

West Indies will play England at The Ageas Bowl from July 8, before the behind-closed-doors three-Test series moves to Emirates Old Trafford for the final two games, from July 16 and July 24 respectively.

West Indies will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their Test shirts, having received permission from Watford captain Troy Deeney, whose partner Alisha Hosannah created the design which includes a clenched fist of solidarity within a circle.

The series will be named #raisethebat in tribute to those on the frontline who have helped during the coronavirus pandemic, with England to wear the names of key workers on their training tops ahead of day one of the first Test in Southampton, which is live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am.

Watch England’s three-Test series at home to West Indies live in full on Sky Sports from July 8.

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