England and West Indies to honour key workers in #raisethebat Test series

England and West Indies will pay tribute to Britain’s key workers during the forthcoming Test series, which has been named the #raisethebat Test series in recognition of the sacrifices made by doctors, teachers, carers and other vital professions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the build-up to the first Test, which begins on July 8 at the Ageas Bowl, England’s players will wear the names of selected key workers with cricketing backgrounds on their training shirts, while the #raisethebat initiative – which has already featured on 300 billboards across the country, and featured in a short film narrated by Stephen Fry – will be rolled out to a wider audience from June 29.

The decision to dedicate the series to key workers comes after the ECB’s Test sponsorship deal, a two-year agreement with Specsavers, elapsed at the end of the Ashes last summer with no replacement lined up.

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