Joe Root has invited inspirational centurion Captain Tom Moore to deliver a pre-match address to his Test team this summer. The England Test captain has been in touch with Captain Moore’s family directly to confirm the offer to speak to his team in the dressing room.
“It would be one of greatest honours bestowed on the team to hear directly from him once we can return to some normality,” said a spokesperson.
“We cannot wait for that day.”
The former tank commander, who turns 100 today, has raised over £30million for NHS charities after walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden on his zimmer frame.
Ministry of Defence confirmed he has been promoted to honorary Colonel on account of his efforts.
“The ECB would like to wish Captain Tom Moore the warmest of congratulations on his 100th birthday,” a statememt read.
“The Captain is a great supporter of Yorkshire and England cricket and it is an honour that he holds the team up in such high regard. The England cricket teams are in awe of him, his humility and the unprecedented fundraising he has achieved over the past few weeks.
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“Once cricket returns and spectators can watch the England teams play again, we will formally invite Captain Tom to come and meet the team and be our honorary guest.”
Captain Moore was also made an honorary England cricketer by Michael Vaughan in a heartwarming gesture on his 100th birthday earlier today.
“Times change but one thing remains as special now as it did 100 years ago, representing your country,” Vaughan said over a tribute video.
“695 men and 160 women are part of that special club of English Test cricketers. I was the fortunate captain in 2005 to lift the Urn. It doesn’t get any better.
“And we all want to welcome you Captain Tom to our team.”
Captain Tom celebrated his 100th birthday live on TV with a RAF flyover and said: “I’m absolutely delighted with all the people like you who have come to wish me a very happy birthday, it really is awesome the amount of people who have made those remarks.”
He was sent around 140,000 birthday cards to celebrate his 100th birthday.
And he said: “There’s been so much kindness shown… it really is outstanding.”
“When you see all those cards, if you’re a weeping person it would make you weep. All the work and all the thought those children have put into those cards. I can’t promise to read them all.”
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