England vs West Indies 1st test Day 1 LIVE: England players wear names of Coronavirus workers

England cricketers will honour key workers from the cricket community during the first #raisethebat Test match against West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton this week.

They were seen wearing the names of key workers on their training tops this morning to thank them for their service during the past few months. The shirts will be signed and given to the key workers after the Test

The Players and staff will sport the names of people who have made a huge difference to the national and local fight during the COVID-19 pandemic, including healthcare professionals, police officers, teachers and care home workers.

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Those being recognised were nominated by friends and family for the important contributions they have made to their cricket clubs and communities in recent months.

Stand-in captain Ben Stokes will feature the name of Dr Vikas Kumar, a specialist in anaesthetics and critical care at a hospital in County Durham, who has been working on the frontline throughout the pandemic while also taking care of a young family at home.

Paramedic Joe Wheatley is another of those honoured, with Jofra Archer wearing the Barcombe Cricket Club member’s name on his training shirt.

Wheatley is often the first contact a patient has as a first responder and offers great support to those he treats and their families. When he’s not driving an ambulance, he’s manning the heavy roller as Barcombe’s groundsman and has kept the pitches maintained throughout the enforced shutdown of recreational cricket.

Pace bowler Mark Wood will recognise local hero Susan Bainbridge on his training shirt. Bainbridge is a volunteer at the North East Ambulance Service but in her spare time she runs Zumba classes for older people throughout Teesdale. During the pandemic, the Middleton in Teesdale cricketer has taken her exercise classes online through Zoom to ensure the community can keep active.

And Town Malling Cricket Club women’s captain, Anna Tunnicliff, will be honoured on Joe Denly’s shirt in recognition of her incredible work over the course of the pandemic.