The West Indies Test squad has returned to full training at its preparatory camp ahead
of the home series against South Africa after all, players turned out negative for
COVID-19 in the latest round of testing.
Training had to be canceled after fast bowler Marquino Mindley tested positive on
May 22. In the next few days, the players could only train in smaller groups.
The West Indies Cricket Board confirmed that the cricketers trained in two groups and
also had team sessions on Friday and Saturday. Mindley, too, has tested negative and
can rejoin the squad after one more negative PCR test.
Meanwhile, the players will take part in a ‘Best vs Best’ four-day practice game, beginning
Head coach Phil Simmons asserted that he is happy with the way things are shaping up
at the preparatory camp.
“I am happy that we are back to full training. We are happy with the preparations up to
this point and everyone is fully aware of what is required. Yes, we had four good Test
matches (vs Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), but at the same time, people need to know that
their position is not guaranteed unless they continue to play well. Guys who are out,
need to show that they want to get back in by doing well in these games. So, it is a benefit
to every one of us.”
West Indies will take on South Africa in two Tests, starting in St Lucia on June 10. This
will be followed by five T20Is in Grenada. While West Indies are currently sixth in the ICC
Test rankings, South Africa are one place below them.