The English Cricket team has arrived in Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series. Since his arrival in the island nation, England captain Joe Root made it clear that his team is taking care properly so that none of the players can get affected by the coronavirus. Senior pacer Stuart Board saw the funny side of it and trolled his captain.
Joe Root in an interview said that no English player is shaking hands with another teammate in order to avoid contact and not let any infection spread in the camp. Stuart Broad took to Twitter sharing a video of Joe Root. In the video, Broad can be seen asking Root to shake his hand after showing the article about the latter's comments. The poor skipper sitting didn't react at first but then smiled a bit. Watch the video posted on Broad's Twitter profile here:
After landing in Sri Lanka, the 29-year old captain 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 antibacterial wipes and gels we've been given in our immunity packs.” He also added, “After the illnesses that swept through the squad in South Africa, we are well aware of the importance of keeping contact to a minimum. We've been given some really sound and sensible advice from our medical team to help prevent spreading germs and bacteria.”
England is coming into this series after a 3-1 series win over South Africa in away conditions. During that series in South Africa, many of the touring players got sick mid-tour and to miss a few matches. Though the lack of fully fit players didn't hurt them then, the English team wants to make sure that doesn't happen again in Sri Lanka.
England will play two Test matches against Sri Lanka and the series is the part of the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21. The first Test will be played at the Galle International Stadium on March 19. Before that, England will play two practise games against Sri Lanka Board's President XI, first of which will start on March 7. Last time when England toured Sri Lanka was in 2018, and the visitors had won the Test series 3-0.