London: England will get only three days to train before the first Test in India from 5 February due to a six-day quarantine requirement for the visitors, who will land in the country after completing their tour of Sri Lanka.
The Telegraph reported that the England squad will fly to Chennai on Wednesday for the first two Tests of the four-match series and will undergo a strict quarantine on arrival.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns, who were not part of the Sri Lanka series, arrived in India on Sunday night and will get five days to train following their hotel quarantine.
All players will be tested for COVID-19 thrice over six days.
England players were allowed to train in Sri Lanka 48 hours after their arrival with only Moeen Ali returning a positive test on arrival.
It will be first international series to be held in India amid the pandemic.
A smooth conduct of the series is important for the BCCI which is aiming to have the IPL also at home after staging the 2020 edition in the UAE.
The last two Tests will be played in Ahmedabad from 24 February.
The series, to be played in a bio-bubble, is also crucial in the context of the World Test Championship.
India are on top of the points table after their memorable series win in Australia.
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The tourists have sustained heavy defeats in the past two matches — by 317 runs in Chennai and 10 wickets in a chastening two-day finish in Ahmedabad — but can still draw the series 2-2.
The spin combination of left-armer Patel and off-spinner India vs England exploited the turning Motera pitch at the newly-inaugurated Narendra Modi stadium to the full and England's first innings folded in just 48.4 overs after the visitors opted to bat.
Senior wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has also returned to the squad and it remains to be seen whether they can keep in-form Ben Foakes out or play both of them.