Joe Root on the illness of several players in the team
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Joe Root and his team have problems with the virus. Several players are experiencing cold symptoms. Root hopes things aren't serious. "As far as I'm aware there are a few guys not feeling 100 percent but - I didn't feel great yesterday but I woke up better today - so hopefully it's just a 24-hour virus and I don't think it's food poisoning or Covid or anything like that.
I think it's just one of those things that we've unfortunately picked up as a group - we've tried to do absolutely everything, we've prepared really well for this game and sometimes life throws things at you but we'll do everything we can to be right tomorrow and be right and ready to go."- Root said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com They had similar problems before, on the 2019-2020 tour.
They had to visit the washroom. Root does not remember the experience as good. "I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It is horrible," he said. "Running on and off the field all the time. But sometimes it is part and parcel of where you are at as a team.
That was very unfortunate because a lot of us got ill during the Test match, not going into the game. But hopefully, it is not something we have to contend with, and everyone will turn up well tomorrow and we can enjoy what is an exciting series and have cricket as a talking point."
Joe Root on 'poisoned' food
Many believe that the reason for everything could be poisoned food.
Root rejects such a possibility, and believes that this is not the reason. Joe pointed out that many teams have their own chef that goes with them, and that there are probably other reasons for this. "It is unfortunate we are in this situation, but we don't think it is food-related.
I don't think there is any correlation between the two and in fact the chef is ill as well, so I don't think it is the food. The thing is we have been trying to bring a chef away with us for a couple of years now. This is the first opportunity we have had to do it.
Look at all the other international sporting teams around, even Premier League and Championship teams have their own chef, so we think from a nutrition and performance side of things, we are trying to do everything we can to optimise ourselves and be in the right position to perform."