THE First-Class counties have agreed by a majority vote to play both red-ball and white-ball cricket this summer, when action resumes from August 1.

At a meeting, which was attended by the chairs of each of the 18 First-Class counties, an agreement was reached which will see both red-ball and white-ball matches take place during the shortened men's domestic season in 2020.

The agreement will now be passed on to the board of the England and Wales Cricket Board for approval over the coming days after which details of a new fixture list will be drawn up and announced.

It is not yet known if the resumption of white-ball cricket will see both one-day and Twenty20 matches be played, or just one of the two.

In the national press, it has been reported that a schedule involving matches in all three formats of the game has been tabled.

An ECB statement read: "The safety and wellbeing of all players, staff and officials remains the priority of the ECB and all First-Class Counties will undergo further medical risk assessments and venue compliance approval as planning progresses to ensure safe environments for the start of the men’s domestic season.

"Ticket holders for men's domestic matches and FCC members are set to be contacted by venues with the options available to them after a new fixture schedule is announced."

Elsewhere, England begin their Test series against the West Indies today at the Ageas Bowl.

For the first time since 2012 (and in 94 matches), England will be without a Yorkshire player as Joe Root is missing the game to be at the birth of his second child and Jonny Bairstow has been dropped.