England’s Root backs decision to scrap Sri Lanka tour over virus fears
London: England Test captain Joe Root has backed the decision to abandon the Test tour of Sri Lanka over the coronavirus pandemic, saying the players' minds were "elsewhere".
A practice match in Colombo was halted on Friday and the team announced they would be flying back to London.
The two-Test series, which was due to start in Galle on March 19, has been postponed.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said the physical and mental well-being of the players and support staff was paramount.
"There was an element of relief. The right decision has been made," Root told the BBC.
"You could see looking at the players that their minds were elsewhere thinking about people back home. Now that we can go and look after families and be with loved ones, that's put a lot of guys at ease." - AFP