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Birmingham Phoenix retention is on tour to help her development as a fast bowler

England Women have trained for the first time since reaching New Zealand, which fast bowler Issy Wong described as “a big sigh of relief” after seven days of isolation at their hotel in Christchurch.

England’s touring party arrived in the country last week ahead of a limited-overs series starting on February 23, and have been tested regularly for Covid, including in the weeks before their departure. They have been split into four bubbles, and were allowed to train in those groups on Wednesday at the high performance centre at Lincoln University.

On Friday, they will merge into two bubbles as they draw closer to the end of their quarantine period, and if their final round of Covid tests come back negative, they will travel to Queenstown on Tuesday ahead of warm-up fixtures on February 14 and 16 against a New Zealand XI.

“It was a real sense of freedom to be training and playing on grass,” Wong said. “It’s a big sigh of relief to get out and do something. We’d prepared for the worst [with quarantine] and been pleasantly surprised. We have an outside area where we go can on socially distanced walks, which has been really good to get out of the room, and I’ve got my PlayStation with me so I’ve been playing a bit of NBA 2K on that.”

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