England Take a look at captain Joe Root needs to take advantage of some surprising additional time together with his household as he urged his facet to replicate on their sport whereas cricket is placed on maintain because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Monday ought to have seen Root main England within the second Take a look at towards Sri Lanka in Colombo.
However the tour was halted halfway by a warm-up match on March 13, earlier than the two-Take a look at sequence had even began, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The England and Wales Cricket Board have postponed all home cricket till at the least Might 28.
“Getting the prospect to spend time with household at residence is clearly one thing we do not get an enormous quantity of,” mentioned Root, the daddy of a three-year-old son, in a convention name.
“Very unusual occasions we live in. I feel it is necessary that once we get our alternatives we attempt to assist and assist everybody round us and actually come collectively like we have seen a whole lot of all through the entire nation over the past couple of weeks.”
Whereas there will not be any cricket, Root’s obligations as Take a look at captain are nonetheless persevering with as he checks on the well being and well-being of his squad.
“I’ve really been in contact with each single participant throughout the course of the winter all through the final couple of weeks to ensure everyone seems to be OK, be certain everyone seems to be getting their stuff finished,” he mentioned.
England drew the Ashes sequence final yr earlier than successful away to South Africa.
They’re alleged to play three-Take a look at sequence towards each the West Indies and Pakistan within the English summer season, though the way forward for these campaigns stays unsure.
“Making an attempt to get a little bit of suggestions as nicely. We now have a while on our palms to have a great evaluation of the place we’re as a staff,” mentioned Root.
“I suppose (we are able to) have a look at a number of issues and use this as a possibility to actually enhance issues and the place we’d wish to take the staff ahead. There’s clearly loads going round in sport, a whole lot of uncertainty about when issues will begin once more.
“I feel one factor that the blokes have finished very well is attempt to keep energetic, keep match, keep constructive. That is been fairly clear after I’ve known as with everybody.”