Root, who addressed the issue of the coronavirus this week as his team prepared to depart for its two-Test tour, says instead the players will greet each other with fist bumps.
In a post on his Instagram story, ex-fast bowler Johnson clipped England for its “p*** take” and also sledged Ben Stokes, referencing the all-rounder’s infamous night out in Bristol where he was charged by police after a street brawl before being acquitted.
Replying to Mitchell Johnson's comment Ben Stokes tweeted this on his account:
The threat of illness is a sensitive issue for England, who was hit by a series of gastroenteritis and flu problems before and during the first Test on its recent tour of South Africa.
“After the illnesses that swept through the squad in South Africa, we are well aware of the importance of keeping contact to a minimum and we’ve been given some really sound and sensible advice from our medical team to help prevent spreading germs and bacteria,” Root said.
“We are not shaking hands with each other, using instead the well-established fist bump, and we are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we’ve been given in our immunity packs.Root Added.