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According to the latest reports, the England cricket team will start their first phase of individual skills-based training in the forthcoming days after two months of lockdown enforced by the government. 

The gentleman's game has taken a hit on a global basis and needs a route to revival and the ECB are looking to carve out a way, which will consist of several players from all over the country, including of both the centrally contracted players and those who are on the ECB's radar to make it into the England cricket team when the game resumes, in all probability, during the summer.

Speaking about the plans of resumption of training, the director of men's cricket for the ECB, Ashley Giles, said, "We are going to be asking approximately 30 players to go back to training."

He added, "We will need a larger group of players given we are planning for the strictest conditions, behind closed doors, to cover all aspects, whether that be injury, net bowlers, practice matches. The white-ball focused players will follow."

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Broadening the plan to resume individual training, Giles said, "This first phase is very clear that it is individual based training. In many ways, we should be able to get the control of the environments right that it's safer to go back to practice than it is to go down the supermarket. It should be that controlled an environment." 

He also emphasized on the importance for social distancing and maintenance of hygiene for the players while they attend the training camp.

The current atmosphere has seen the global scenario of the sports sector take a huge hit on the financial front and the fans are looking for the resumption of cricket as a form of revival from this pandemic. It will not only give them a lot of hope but also pave the way to bring back normalcy in their daily life, while abiding by the rules prescribed by the government. 

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