While all cricketing activities in England may have come to a grinding halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic, England men’s and women’s team skipper Joe Root and Heather Knight are still following the routine. However, nobody knows when the cricket season will resume. Just last week England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that they are expecting a seven-week delay ahead of the start of 2020 season.
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The English County Championship, which comprises of four-day First-class matches, was due to kick off from April 12. But just like all major sporting events all around the world, the County has been suspended as well, to curb the spread of Coronavirus.
Well, it must be noted here that England was scheduled to play a Test series with West Indies in June, but the domino effect could see the series pushed back as well.
However, despite the break, England’s centrally contracted players have each been given a personalised fitness programme, in order to keep them in the right shape in difficult times such as these.
Joe Root opens up on his training regime:
England’s Test skipper had to return from Sri Lanka, and the tour comprising of two Test matches had to be called off. The 29-year-old Joe Root opened up about his training regime, despite him being in isolation at the moment.
“While it has been good to get some downtime after our return from Sri Lanka, keeping my fitness up is really important so I can be at the top of my game when we get back on the field. I’m an active person anyway, with my young son keeping me busy, but having a structured plan will help me improve in certain areas,” said Root.
He further added, “We’d obviously much rather be playing cricket right now, but this gives us an opportunity to recover from a demanding past 12 months and get our bodies in good shape for when matches resume.”
Heather Knight looking forward to ‘A new challenge’:
Like Joe Root, England women’s team skipper had been eager to lead her team against India, but the same was affected by Coronavirus, again. The 29-year-old was still looking forward to this ‘new challenge’.
Knight stated, “It’s obviously not ideal but it’s a great way of trying to stay in shape and keep ticking over. This is a new challenge — we’ll all just be doing what we can to maintain our levels and hopefully be as ready as we can when we get back playing, whenever that comes.”
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