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England players will not shake hands during the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to captain Joe Root.

Root's side suffered gastroenteritis and flu problems during their recent tour of South Africa and will instead greet each other with fist bumps, the BBC reported.

England contest the first of two warm-up games in Katunayake on Saturday in preparation for the two-Test tour.

The Tests will form part of the ICC World Test Championship.

"After the illnesses that swept through the squad in South Africa, we are well aware of the importance of keeping contact to a minimum," said Root.

"We are washing hands regularly and wiping down surfaces using the anti-bacterial wipes and gels we've been given in our immunity packs."

Root added England "fully expect the tour to continue as planned" but the team is in regular contact with the authorities and will "proceed as advised".

A number of sporting events have already been postponed because of the virus, which originated in China. Around 86,000 people across more than 50 countries have since become infected, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths.

  Comments - 10

  • JeffK Tuesday, 03 March 2020 10:50 AM

    Let's see whether they will do the same in other European countries or just with us.

    Liberal One Tuesday, 03 March 2020 10:50 AM

    Wonder how they plan to touch the ball.

    Kemo Sabey Tuesday, 03 March 2020 10:56 AM

    This might be a good time as any to introduce the West to the more hygienic way of greeting people - by folding the palms and saying 'Ayubowan / Wanakkum'

    Clueless Tuesday, 03 March 2020 11:18 AM

    Ayubowan Root

    Summa Tuesday, 03 March 2020 11:46 AM

    Isn't our guys have a better option to greet, by "AYUBOWAN"

    IVJ Tuesday, 03 March 2020 12:20 PM

    How about "no spitting" in the grounds, no "shining the ball" with spit, etc?

    Raj Tuesday, 03 March 2020 12:25 PM

    Handshake is a symbol of Peace to show that neither person was carrying a weapon. It was actually started by grabbing both hands! So you have to avoid it now because the weapon in invisible Corona!

    NO BALL Tuesday, 03 March 2020 12:50 PM


    Gp Wednesday, 04 March 2020 07:33 AM

    If you come, 14 days in your room, because you claim to thin of virus...

    Gp Wednesday, 04 March 2020 07:32 AM

    What a joke to the English gentleman game

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