England team started their training for the first time on Wednesday since they arrive in New Zealand for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. The entire England team went through the mandatory 14-day quarantine period after arriving in the country last month.
The three-match ODI series between England and New Zealand will start from February 23. To share the news, England Cricket took to Twitter and posted a few pictures of the players practising at the picturesque Queenstown. “Earlier today our Women’s team trained together as a whole group for the first time since arriving in New Zealand!” England Cricket tweeted.
The tour will begin with the ODI series in Christchurch on February 23, before the series will shift to Dunedin for the second and the third ODI games on February 26 and 28 respectively. Meanwhile, the three-match Twenty20 International series will take place from March 3 and the rest two will be played on March 5 and March 7 in Wellington, Auckland and Mount Maunganui respectively as well.
However, England captain Heather Knight said it’s a ‘relief’ as they will soon get back to the action. She also stressed that these series will be important in respect to the marquee event of ICC Women’s World Cup in 2022.
“Yeah relief is definitely an emotion,” Heather Knight said in a virtual press conference earlier. “I’m feeling… we’ve obviously got 10 days to get through without getting the dreaded Covid before we get on that plane. Definitely excited that we’re managing to get some cricket. Obviously it was a World Cup that we were supposed to be playing in but it’s amazing that we can go out to New Zealand and get some cricket.”
“It’s going to be a really important tour for us. Obviously we haven’t played ODI cricket in over a year now and we’re a year out from what is going to be a huge year for us in all forms, but particularly in ODI cricket with the World Cup and the Ashes. Working towards that year is an important starting step in terms of working out what our best ODI team is and getting lots of players in form for that year,” she concluded.