County Championship side Surrey could take England trio James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook briefly on loan before the five-Test series against India towards the end of the summer.
According to the Daily Mail, the trio of specialist Test match players could be sent on a temporary move to Surrey so that they can prepare for the challenge of facing world leaders India.
It may seem an odd concept to think that the national team could 'lend' players out to counties in order to harvest match time, but it is nothing new to cricket. Seven years ago Andrew Strauss scored a hundred against India for Somerset, despite being contracted to Middlesex.
Due to a break in domestic first-class cricket, the England coaches have had to find a element of creativity in order to prepare the trio ahead of the first of five Test matches starting at Edgbaston on August 1.
England want Anderson to feature for Surrey ahead of the visit of Virat Kohli's team, but the England vice-captain is currently on a six-week rest period to manage a recurring shoulder injury.
Broad and Cook will also require regular practice in the longer format of cricket due to a three-week break during the Championship as a result of the Twenty20 Blast beginning at the start of July.
Broad will have the opportunity to play for Nottinghamshire at the same time that Anderson is expected to return for Lancashire against Yorkshire, yet Cook faces a hiatus between a pink-ball contest between Somerset, scheduled to finish on June 28, and the visit of India more than a month later due to Essex not having a scheduled Division One fixture during that period of.
So the England management staff will lend the services of their most talented batsman and two most successful to Surrey for the three-day match against West Indies A at the Oval (July 16-18) and to the England Lions for their four-day 'Test' against an India A side in Worcester.