CRICKET-WINDIES-Estwick hails players commitment to fitness.


West Indies assistant coach, Roddy Estwick, has praised the level of commitment to fitness exhibited by players during the lockdown period triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

He said the Barbadian contingent had returned to their first outdoor training this week since the country came under curfew nearly two months ago, and appeared in good physical and mental shape.

Test captain Jason Holder, along with 12 other players named in a 30-man provisional squad for the proposed three-Test tour of England, kicked off net sessions and fielding drills this week at Kensington Oval here.

'It's good to see how they've come back [to training]. Obviously, they've been following the programme set out by Ronald Rogers (West Indies trainer) and the medical team so they've come back and they're really not that far off [full fitness],' Estwick said here.

West Indies assistant coach, Roddy Estwick.

'They just needed to bowl a few balls, hit a few balls - you can do all the fitness but you still need to get into the nets, you need to still get match situations so that was very important that we could get out as early as possible.

'And really we've got to thank the Barbados government for giving us the opportunity to come out and get started.'

Competitive cricket ground to a halt in the Caribbean last March when Cricket West Indies was forced to abort the regional first class championship with two rounds left, following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Barbados was subsequently put under a 24-hour curfew from the start of April with all outdoor activities prohibited. The country has so far recorded 92 cases of the coronavirus along with seven deaths.

Earlier this month, the government began to ease some restrictions but while most outdoor team sports remain banned, players...

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