England Test captain Joe Root opened up on being sledged as American comedian Ellen DeGeneres’ look-alike. Sledging is a part and parcel of the game and every cricketer need to take it with a pinch of salt to make their survival more sustainable while playing matches. It also, at times, fires up a player or becomes a reason of his early dismissal. It is all about how much a player can keep nerves while being sledges.
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In an interaction with BBC Radio 1, Joe Root said, he has often been sledged in his cricket career and feels there is a certain likeness there.
Joe Root: I’ve been called Ellen DeGeneres on a number of occasions
“I’ve been called Ellen DeGeneres on a number of occasions over the course of my career,” Root told BBC Radio 1. “I think there’s a likeness there,” he added.
Meanwhile, cricket will be leading the sport re-opening plan in England, the country’s cricket governing board claimed. The board had banned competitive cricket in the county till July 1 but as England plans to resume sporting events, cricket has been asked to lead the way, according to the chief executive of the board Tom Harrison.
However, a firm decision on resuming the sport season in England is yet to be taken, as everything is on the speculatory stage. According to reports, the Premier League is eyeing a resumption on June 8, behind closed doors and will reach towards the fag end of the tournament by July 27.
British government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) has asked the cricket board to lead the way ahead of horse racing, tennis and rugby, according to the cricket board chief. However, the board is still in discussion with the Premier League as they are facing similar problems.