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India v England: Squad to leave quarantine after negative Covid-19 tests

Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns training in India
Dates: 5-9 February Time: 04:00 GMT
Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

England’s cricketers have been cleared to leave quarantine in India after the squad returned negative Covid-19 test results.

The full group will now be able to train together for the first time since arriving from Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns have already begun training, having arrived in India separately after missing the Sri Lanka series.

The first Test of the four-match series begins in Chennai on Friday.

England spinner Jack Leach said six days of quarantine is “far from ideal” as preparation, but added: “It’s about being able to adapt.

“I’ve done some reflecting and bowled a bit in the mirror.

“We want to play in front of crowds that’s for sure, but it’s got to be safe.”

Leach said he has got “more to offer” after admitting he was “a little rusty” during the victorious Sri Lanka series, in which he took 10 wickets at an average of 35.5.

“I want to bring my best and work to become the bowler that I want to be,” he added.

“Sri Lanka was a good start in moving in the right direction.”

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