Kia Oval to host players’ individual training

A general view of the playing area at The Kia Oval

Published: 20th May, 2020

The Kia Oval is one of seven venues that will be used for England’s men’s bowlers to undergo individual training from Thursday 21st May.

Up to 18 players will return to practise, adhering to government guidelines, across The Cooper Associates County Ground, Edgbaston, Emirates Old Trafford, Emirates Riverside, Kia Oval, Trent Bridge and The 1st Central County Ground.

All venues will likely stage at least one session this week and then a full roll out across venues may follow from next week.

For the remainder of this week, a physio will be at each venue to accommodate each session observing the necessary social distancing. ECB and selected county coaches will return to individual sessions from next week.

From June 1, batsmen and wicket keepers will return to individual training. These sessions will see a coach and a physio in attendance. It is expected that additional venues across the country will be added to accommodate these sessions. These venues will be confirmed by the ECB nearer the time.

Key principles of individual training include:

• Washing of hands regularly

• Maintaining a minimum of two metres physical and social distancing

• Clean equipment used with disinfectant wipes – including mobile phones

• Players to bring their own kit – including assigned cricket balls

• Players to arrive in training ready to start practice

• Players will bowl into an empty net and pick up own ball

• No saliva or sweat to be used on the ball

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