JOE ROOT and his England gamers will face their hardest anti-Covid restrictions but throughout the tour of Sri Lanka.
The staff skilled the measures in place to verify the two-Take a look at sequence is accomplished as quickly as they walked off the airplane on Sunday.
Joe Root and his England staff arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday morningCredit score: AFP or licensors
Jonny Bairstow and the staff had been pressured to put on masks and gloves from the airplane, by the terminal and onto the staff busCredit score: AFP or licensors
All England gamers had been examined for coronavirus on arrival in Sri LankaCredit score: AFP or licensors
No England participant of member of workers returned a optimistic consequenceCredit score: AFP or licensors
England’s masked squad of twenty-two gamers plus backroom workers had their arms, footwear and baggage sprayed with disinfectant by a dozen-strong staff carrying white hazmat fits earlier than being allowed into the airport terminal.
As soon as inside, the occasion underwent their newest nostril and throat swab exams for coronavirus. All exams returned unfavourable outcomes.
England’s arrival comes as Sri Lanka faces a surge in coronavirus deaths and infections.
The most recent figures from Johns Hopkins College present that Sri Lanka, beforehand one of many least-affected international locations on the planet, has 44,371 circumstances and 211 deaths – up from 3,300 and 13 in October.
The World Well being Organisation imagine the reason being in all probability a brand new pressure of the virus, which could have come from Scandinavia.
England flew from Heathrow airport on a British Airways constitution and landed within the city of Hambantota – stated to be the quietest worldwide airport on the planet.
They’ll keep at a luxurious lodge and golf resort however should isolate of their rooms till Tuesday on the earliest.
It started pouring with rain virtually as quickly as England arrived on the lodge.
Sam Curran gave a thumbs up as he wore his masks and gloves on the busCredit score: AFP or licensors
England tackle Sri Lanka in a two-match Take a look at sequence this monthCredit score: AFP or licensors
Moeen Ali was noticed on the staff coach en path to the lodgeCredit score: AFP or licensors
England gamers and Sri Lanka officers took no possibilities after a spate of Covid circumstances on the islandCredit score: AFP or licensors
Beneath protocols agreed between the ECB and Sri Lanka Cricket, gamers and administration can be allowed to play golf.
However, typically, the restrictions can be tighter than on their latest tour of South Africa.
The gamers had been so spooked by some optimistic exams at their lodge in Cape City they insisted on flying dwelling.
Now the staff is travelling with a psychologist, Dr James Bickley, to assist any gamers who would possibly wrestle with the rules and isolation.
With England having aborted their final two abroad excursions, captain Root insisted some optimistic exams is not going to essentially imply the top of the tour.
England are below large stress to finish the journey this time as a result of West Indies, Pakistan, Eire and Australia all flew to the UK final summer season and fulfilled each fixture.
After their preliminary quarantine interval, the staff will start coaching and are attributable to have a follow match amongst themselves.
They’ll then make the 75-mile journey by street to Galle round January 10 for the 2 Exams starting on January 14 and 22.
England supremo Ashley Giles stated: “The previous ten months have been unsure for us all however having worldwide cricket return to Sri Lanka can be an enormous increase for cricket followers all around the world.
“To play in Galle can be very particular – it is among the iconic venues in world cricket.”
The staff lodge can be off-limits to the general public and there aren’t any plans to work together with locals.
However England will signal bats to be auctioned to boost cash for 2 charities supporting victims of sexual violence in Sri Lanka.
SLC chief govt Ashley de Silva insisted the Covid-19 state of affairs within the nation was being monitored every day and added: “The tour will go forward as deliberate.”
No written media will attend the matches and Sky TV and BBC Radio’s Take a look at Match Particular will each add commentary ‘off tube’ from studios within the UK.
In the meantime, India’s tour of Australia is in jeopardy after 5 gamers from the visiting occasion had been filmed consuming inside a restaurant in Melbourne in what seems to be a breach of bio-secure protocols.