England captain Joe Root is confident any positive COVID-19 tests in the squad would not force the cancellation of its two-Test tour of Sri Lanka this month, but said his side would have to keep a close watch on its physical and mental well-being.

Part of the World Test Championship, the series was scheduled to take place in March last year but was postponed following the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now begin on January 14.

England’s one-day international series in South Africa last month was postponed after breaches of the teams’ bio-secure environment in Cape Town, but Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa and Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand have both gone ahead despite positive cases in the squads.

“I don’t think it (positive cases) will result in an automatic end,” Root told reporters. “The reality is around the rest of the world… teams have had to deal with positive…

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