There may be no training nets to attend but England captains Joe Root and Heather Knight are still following personalised programmes despite uncertainty surrounding the start of the season. Last week, owing to the ongoing crisis, the ECB announced a seven-week delay to the start of the 2020 season.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the start of the English season, with the ECB postponing the start of the season until May 28, Test skipper Joe Root, who recently returned from a tour of Sri Lanka that was abandoned, revealed that despite the ongoing crisis, with almost the entirety of the world going into a literal lockdown, he was focused on keeping himself fit in order to be ready when the season eventually resumes.
“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. 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,” said Root, reported News18.
Meanwhile Heather Knight, who hopes to lead her team against India this season, admitted that this was a challenge but was hopeful of getting back in shape in no time when the players are summoned upon to represent their national sides when the situation improves and dies down.
“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,” added Knight
Meanwhile, Rob Ahmun, ECB’s national lead coach for strength and conditioning, said the board had provided centrally contracted Men’s and Women’s players with a home training package, including ropes, resistance bands, medicine ball and a kettle, as they wanted to ensure that the players aren’t starting for a training base of zero.
“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,” said Ahmun.
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