Joe Denly to join white ball squad as England roll five out of test bubble

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England have freed five players from the Emirates Old Trafford bio-secure bubble. Joe Denly will join the white ball practice squad at the Ageas Bowl ahead of the Irish series, while Dan Lawrence, Craig Overton, Ollie Robinson and Olly Stone are back in their counties.England’s three-test run against the West Indies had featured an enlarged squad, with a number of players kept as reserves in case Covid-19 replacements were needed. Six substitutes remain at Emirates Old Trafford after England named their XI for the third test: James Bracey, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach and Mark Wood.

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Denly, who appeared in the first Test in the series before being dropped following Joe Root’s return from paternity leave, will join the white ball squad on Monday, with the first of three ODIs against Ireland taking place on Thursday,

Stone, who suffered a hamstring injury in the intra-squad match before the series, was already back in action with Warwickshire on Friday, picking up a few wickets after lunch on the first day of a two-day friendly against Nottinghamshire to Edgbaston. .

If any of those released from the group were to be called back for testing against Pakistan, they will have to undergo five-day isolation and return two negative Covid-19 tests before joining the biosecurity environment.

Although there is only a one-week gap between the end of the third West Indies test and the start of the Pakistani series, the English test group should be given some time out of the bubble, under various conditions, in order to visit Their families.

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