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Kent Cricket pair Zak Crawley and Joe Denly are named in England training group for West Indies series

England have named two players from Kent in a behind closed doors training camp ahead of the first test against West Indies.

Zak Crawley and Joe Denly are part of a 30-strong group while Kent’s head coach Matthew Walker has been seconded to work with the batsmen.

Joe Denly playing for Kent against Warwickshire at Canterbury Picture: Ady Kerry
Joe Denly playing for Kent against Warwickshire at Canterbury Picture: Ady Kerry

Players and staff will go into camp at the Ageas Bowl next Tuesday (June 23).

Crawley and Denly were two of three Kent players, along with Sam Billings, who were asked to return to training at the end of May as part of a larger training group.

The group will live, prepare and train on-site at the Ageas Bowl. The squad for the first test will be selected following a three-day practice match on Wednesday, July 1.

The three-match series against West Indies starts the following week (Wednesday, July 8).

Zak Crawley has been named in England's training group ahead of West Indies series Picture: Ady Kerry
Zak Crawley has been named in England's training group ahead of West Indies series Picture: Ady Kerry

National selector Ed Smith said: “Everyone involved with England is delighted that cricket is returning soon, and that the players are reporting for group training in preparation for the Test series against the West Indies.

“We’d also like to thank all the county coaches who have supported these players over the past few weeks.”

Kent head coach Walker will work alongside current assistant Graham Thorpe on batting.

The 30-man training group: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire),Dominic Bess (Somerset), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Dan Lawrence(Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

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