England in talks to shuffle Windies series

England skipper Joe Root has been involved in talks to reschedule the looming West Indies tour

England captain Joe Root and his West Indies counterpart Jason Holder have been involved in talks over rescheduling a three-Test series between the two sides later this year.

England could begin their three-Test series against the Windies on July 8, with an ECB spokesman confirming discussions with Cricket West Indies continued this week.

The ECB has suspended all professional cricket until July 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with growing doubts over the domestic season after the launch of new flagship tournament

The much-vaunted Hundred competition was postponed until next year.

"Positive ongoing discussions with the ECB and CWI continued on Friday," a spokesperson said.

"Both boards were represented including captains, coaches, administrators and the chief medical officers from the respective boards."

The three-Test series against the Windies was originally due to begin on June 4 at the Kia Oval before Australia arrived for white-ball cricket in July.

Pakistan were then due to play three Tests against England in August.

The reported plan to start the series against the West Indies on July 8 would allow players to take part in a handful of warm-up matches assuming the current suspension is lifted at the start of July.

The series against Pakistan could then begin a few days later than planned on August 5, with the three ODIs and three T20 matches with Australia moved to September.