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England arrive for Windies tour

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 4:06 PM

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts, CMC:

England's cricketers arrived in the Caribbean late on Thursday for their three-Test tour of the West Indies.

The visitors, captained by Alastair Cook, have two warm-up matches in St Kitts before the first Test starts in Antigua on April 13.

Their departure from London was overshadowed by debate over the possibility of Kevin Pietersen's return to the side which suffered a five-nil white wash in Australia last year.

Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves had hinted at a recall for Pietersen but coach Peter Moores refused to be distracted by the issue before the squad flew out for the tour of West Indies.

huge subject

"Kevin is not on this trip so I don't need to focus on Kevin at all. I understand Kevin's a huge subject but I don't think we can be drawn into that," he told a news conference on Thursday

"My focus is to support Alastair (Cook). I always support the captain and work with those 16 players to try and make sure we put the best 11 out".

Their first warm-up comes against a St Kitts & Nevis Invitations XI at Warner Park in Basseterre tomorrow and Tuesday.

The opening Test against the hosts West Indies is set for the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound less than a week later.

The second match of the series is scheduled for National Cricket Stadium in Grenada, starting on April 21, and the third is set for Kensington Oval in Barbados, beginning on May 1.