England IPL stars expected to miss first test with Black Caps at Lord’s after fleeing India

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler walking off after winning a T20 for England over India in March. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

England’s Indian Premier League (IPL) contingent are expected to be unavailable for the first test against the Black Caps at Lord’s on June 2.

The BBC reports that English returnees from the postponed IPL, including Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali, will not be rushed back for the first of two tests against New Zealand next month.

The glamour Twenty20 competition was last week suspended indefinitely because of India’s worsening Covid-19 crisis, which breached the bubble of IPL teams and led to players and staff testing positive for Covid-19, including Black Cap Tim Seifert.

England and New Zealand’s IPL players have since left India ahead of the test series.

The English players finish their 10 days in managed isolation in the UK this weekend, but the window between that and the first test in London is considered too tight, the BBC reports, and means potential call-ups for outsiders such as Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton and James Bracey.

The New Zealand-based test players fly to England this weekend and the Black Caps who played in the IPL have departed from India to the UK via the Maldives.

Captain Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner, and physiotherapist Tommy Simsek, left India on May 11 and chose to head to London, while Trent Boult, and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson, opted to return home after the IPL before flying to England next month.


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