Joe Root tells cricket authorities to wait and resist temptation to tamper

Joe Root has told cricket authorities to resist tampering with the game in order to make it acceptable in a socially distanced society.

As a non-contact sport cricket would be better placed than most to be able to observe a two metre distance at all times.

But Root believes Test cricket would not be doing itself any favours if it tried to start up before rules on distancing were relaxed this summer.

“I think if the game is compromised then it shouldn't be going ahead,” said the Test skipper.

“I don't think the game itself, how it is played and the intensity it is played at, should be compromised.

“I personally feel that if you can't play Test cricket at its absolute best then we shouldn't be playing it because it is not a fair reflection on the sport.

“From a personal point of view I'd like to think that the product itself and the standard of Test cricket would not be compromised to play these games.”

There are other personal issues at play for Root too who is expecting his second child in July and is unsure whether he would be able to leave a 'bio-secure' environment to be at the birth before returning.

If England's players are effectively put into their own household quarantine for up to nine weeks then it may need more sophisticated testing to help Root be there for both his family as well as his team.

“It will be a challenge,” he added on Sky Sports' Cricket Show. “We would be in our own little household together.

“We've got to look at finding safe ways for guys to get in and out of the bubble. For me, if that was a possibility, would I be able to get to the birth?

“Would I then be in isolation for two weeks? Would I be able to be tested and then come back into the bubble?

"Who knows what that all would look like, those are discussions to be had in the coming weeks.”

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