England captain Joe Root says the he feels “a relief” that the Test Series in Sri Lanka turned intoknown as off amid fears over the unfold of coronavirus.
The 2-Test sequence turned into due to the start in Galle on 19 March and a warmth-up fixture turned into abandoned on Friday when the decision turned into made to return to the UK.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said the mental and physical wellbeing of gamers turned into paramount.
“The factual decision has been made,” Root said earlier than the flight dwelling.
“There turned into a ingredient of relief. You would possibly perchance well perhaps also peek searching on the gamers that their minds had been in other areas, angry about of us encourage dwelling. Now that we can lumber and explore after households and be with household that’s set a complete lot of fellows comfortable.
“Naturally there turned into a complete lot of focus on within the dressing room and it obtained to a stage where it overshadowed the cricket.
” how swiftly things have took residing at dwelling, you is also angry about household and friends who would possibly perchance well be a bit extra vulnerable and that’s the explanation tough while you is also a protracted manner away.
“It turned into certain it turned into going within the form of performance and affecting the mental wellbeing of the fellows.”
Friday’s decision to execute the sequence adopted a transfer to prolong the start of the 2020 Indian Premier League season until 15 April.
Australia’s one-day global sequence towards Original Zealand hasalso been postponed due to the coronavirusafter at the starting up being moved within the encourage of closed doors.
The World Health Group experiences greater than 142,000 conditions of the virus globally and over 5,300 deaths.
England’s subsequent scheduled fixture is on 4 June after they meet West Indies within the first of three Tests.