England’s women were due to play India in late June but that series was postponed because of Covid-19 while South Africa were originally set to play two T20Is and four ODIs in a bilateral series in September. However, the proposal is now for a T20I tri-series against both nations to take place towards the end of the summer to preserve as many of the women’s fixtures as possible.
The players, including captain Heather Knight, Nat Sciver and Sophie Ecclestone, will train across six venues under the same medical guidelines and bio-secure conditions that have been in place for the men’s squad, who returned to training mid-way through May. Initially the sessions will be individual before the players move on to smaller group training.
The six training venues are the ECB’s National Performance Centre in Loughborough, Emerald Headingley, The Kia Oval, Bristol County Ground, 1st Central County Ground in Hove and Chester Boughton Hall CC in Lancashire.
Jonathan Finch, director, England women’s cricket, said: “We remain hopeful of playing cricket this summer and it’s exciting for this group of players to be able to return to training.