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England captains Root, Knight still in training despite coronavirus


There could also be no training nets for them to attend proper now however England captains Joe Root and Heather Knight are still following personalised programmes though nobody is aware of when they’ll play cricket once more.

Last week the England and Wales Cricket Board introduced a seven-week delay to the beginning of the 2020 season.

The County Championship, which includes four-day first-class matches, was attributable to begin on April 12.

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And though England’s Test collection at residence to the West Indies isn’t meant to start till June four this will not start on time both now with the ECB saying on Tuesday there “is uncertainty surrounding when, or if, the domestic and international summer will start”.

But every of England’s centrally contracted males’s and ladies’s gamers have been given an individualised training programme.

Test skipper Root, not too long ago returned from a tour of Sri Lanka that was deserted throughout a warm-up match, stated: “While it has been good to get some downtime after our return from Sri Lanka, retaining my health up is basically necessary so I may be on the prime of my sport after we get again on the sector.

“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,” the star batsman 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.”

Meanwhile Knight, who hopes to steer her crew in opposition to India this season, stated: “It’s clearly not ultimate nevertheless it’s an effective way of making an attempt to remain in form and preserve ticking over.

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“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.”

Rob Ahmun, ECB’s nationwide lead coach for energy and conditioning, stated the board had offered centrally contracted males’s and ladies’s gamers with a ‘residence training’ bundle, together with ropes, resistance bands, drugs ball and a kettle ball.

“If the season does come about and we know we have, say, a six week build-up to the season we’ve ensured the players aren’t starting for a training base of zero, they’re starting from a decent base so they can hit the ground running,” he stated.

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